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Isuzu Commercial Trucks – Throwback Thursday

First and foremost, Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015, from your friends at Bentley Truck Services.

It just so happens that it is Throwback Thursday and we’re gonna get the years’ first Throwback Thursday commercial truck picture started off right with this old Isuzu 6×6 commercial truck.

This is an Isuzu TWD25 powered by a 6BD1, 5.78 liter engine that produced 150 horsepower. Isuzu has made some of the best commercial trucks for decades.

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Hino Briska Light Duty Truck- Throwback Thursday

This week’s Throwback Thursday truck is a little piece of Hino history
The Briska was a small bonnet-type truck originally produced and marketed by Hino Motors, Ltd. The first-generation Briska debuted in April 1961 with a passenger capacity of 3 and a payload capacity of 750 kg, and shared the engine with the Hino Contessa 900. The Briska line was expanded the following year, adding a double-cab pickup (six seater; payload capacity: 400 kg), a light van (6/3-seater; payload capacity: 400/600 kg), and a panel van (with a windowless cargo cabin).

In May 1965, the Briska was fully redesigned to enter the second generation. The engine was upgraded to a 1.3-liter 55 hp unit that had been used on the Contessa 1300, and the model name was changed to the Briska 1300. The body variations were eliminated, and only a single-cab 3-seater truck was available. The payload capacity was increased to one ton, the same as that for the Datsun Truck that had been dominating the small truck market.

With the commencement of the partnership between Toyota and Hino in October 1966, the Briska underwent design changes to share components and specifications with Toyota, resulting in the release of the Toyota Briska in May 1967. At the same time, Hino began to design and develop the successor to the Briska, which was placed.

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Old UD Commercial Truck – Throwback Thursday

Check out this old UD Commercial Truck Picture

This week’s Throwback Thursday truck is an old UD Commercial Truck

Here’s a bit of UD commercial truck history from Wikidepia and a great photo of an old Nissan Diesel (UD) truck.

UD Trucks Corporation is a Japanese company whose principal business is the manufacture and sales of light, medium and heavy duty diesel trucks, buses, bus chassis and special-purpose vehicles. The company is owned 100% by the Volvo Group since 2007. Formerly known as Nissan Diesel, the company changed its name to UD Trucks on February 1, 2010. Already before the name change, the UD name was prominently displayed to separate the identity from that of their former owner Nissan Motors.

The UD name was originally used for the company’s Uniflow Diesel Engine (known as Two-stroke Engine), developed in 1955, but is now marketed as meaning “Ultimate Dependability”

On February 15, 2010 it was announced that UD Trucks had taken over the import and sales of Volvo trucks in Japan, as a consequence of Volvo’s ownership

UD Trucks are marketed in 70 countries. Some of the main markets are Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia Australia and around the Southeast Asia region.

On September 12, 2012, UD Trucks of North America announced that is will no longer be part of the North American truck market. Reasons given for this decision was a combination of factors, including the continued shrinking of the cab-over-engine market segment and the accelerating cost of regulatory compliance.

More info on UD commercial truck history from Wikipedia

By |August 28th, 2014|Throwback Thursday, UD Trucks|Comments Off on Old UD Commercial Truck – Throwback Thursday

Old Vintage Truck Photo – Throwback Thursday

Check out this old Commercial Truck Picture

We found this really cool photo of an commercial truck on Pinterest. What a great photo. Can you tell what type of truck this is?

We recently set up a Pinterest account and shared some of our photos and found some really cool #pins. like this one.

Here’s a link to our #Pinterest page. We’d love to see any old commercial truck pics of yours too.

http://www.pinterest.com/bentleytrucks/

By |August 21st, 2014|Throwback Thursday|Comments Off on Old Vintage Truck Photo – Throwback Thursday

Isuzu N-Series 3rd Generation Elf – Throwback Thursday

The 1975 Third Generation Isuzu Elf

The third generation Elf arrived in June 1975, in Elf 150 and 250 forms. It was nicknamed “Tora-san” after Kiyoshi Atsumi’s (a famous Japanese actor) most beloved film character which supposedly looked similar. In January 1977 a 250 Low-Flat model was added, followed in 1978 by a facelift and an altered front grille. In 1979 a bigger 3.3 liter version of the 2-tonne (4,400 lb) Elf 250 was introduced, called the “Elf 250 Super”. There was also a “Elf 150 Super” version, which has the larger, 2.4 liter C240 diesel engine which was usually installed in the Elf 250.

Do you have an old truck you’d like us to post on Throwback Thursday. Send us your pictures of your logoed or non-logoed trucks and your truck may be selected and posted on our Throwback Thursday posts.

Special Thanks to Wikipedia for Truck pictures and historical information.

By |March 27th, 2014|Isuzu Trucks, Throwback Thursday|Comments Off on Isuzu N-Series 3rd Generation Elf – Throwback Thursday

Mitsubishi Fuso FE Series – Throwback Thursday

The Mitsubishi Fuso FE Series Truck has been a leader for decades

1984 Mitsubishi Fuso FE 3 and FE4 Canter Series Trucks

Great then and great now! Here’s a classic 1984 Fuso FE Canter Truck. It doesn’t seem like it for some of us, but 1984 was 30 years ago. Back then Mitsubishi Fuso Commercial Trucks were known for reliability and dependability with a low cost of operation and they are still setting the standard and the same great tradition.

Do you have an old truck you’d like us to post on Throwback Thursday. Send us your pictures of your logoed or non-logoed trucks and your truck may be selected and posted on our Throwback Thursday posts.

By |March 20th, 2014|Commercial Trucking Industry, Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks, Throwback Thursday|Comments Off on Mitsubishi Fuso FE Series – Throwback Thursday

Isuzu Commercial Truck History

Isuzu Commercial Trucks roots began in 1893

We found this interesting information about the history of Isuzu trucks.

The history if Isuzu dates back all the way to 1893 to the earlier company known as, Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Ltd., Later, in 1916, the shipbuilding company would transform into automobile manufacturing. using the money gained from its Tokyo Ishikawajima business (Isuzu’s founding year). In 1918, Isuzu and the British car manufacturer, Wolseley Motor Ltd. began working together and in the year of 1922, Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding & Engineering made the first automobile ever made in Japan. Shortly afterward, a truck followed in 1924 and Isuzu made the first Japanese-built Wolseley CP 1.5-ton payload truck. It was produced for use as a military truck for the Japanese government. Read more about the history of Isuzu trucks here.

By |February 20th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Isuzu Trucks, Throwback Thursday|Comments Off on Isuzu Commercial Truck History

Hino Truck History

Hino produces it’s first truck not long after

Our last post: Who built the world’s first truck? featured an image of the oldest pick up truck pioneered by Gottlieb Daimler.

Not long after Hino follows with it’s first work truck. The TGE-A.

We found these interesting facts on Wikipedia

It produced its first motor vehicle in 1917, the Model TGE “A-Type” truck. In 1937, TG&E merged its automobile division with that of Automobile Industry Co., Ltd. and Kyodo Kokusan K.K., to form Tokyo Automobile Industry Co., Ltd., with TG&E as a shareholder. Four years later, the company changed its name to Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd., which would eventually become Isuzu Motors Limited.
The following year (1942), the new entity of Hino Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. spun itself out from Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd., and the Hino name was born. Following the end of World War II, the company had to stop producing large diesel engines…Read More

By |February 7th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Hino Trucks|Comments Off on Hino Truck History