For almost a century, the United Kingdoms road network rumbled to the sound of haulage and delivery vehicles almost exclusively made up of trucks built on home soil. From the 1920s right through to the 1960s, British manufacturers became renowned the world over for their production of reliable workaday lorries and quite rightly earned a reputation for quality engineering. The likes of Albion, Commer, Foden and Scammell would eventually become household names, greatly contributing to the countrys economic growth as well as playing major roles in times of conflict, not least during the two World Wars.
Yet in the 21st Century, a truck proudly carrying the badge of a British company is seldom seen and furthermore it is even rarer to find one that has actually been built in this country. Only the very few such as Leyland and Dennis have survived the test of time, albeit in the form of subsidiaries to larger organisations.
Richly illustrated with over 100 previously unpublished images, Best of British Trucks charts the history of the King of the Road, from the humble steam wagon to giant diesel-powered articulated juggernauts.