Berliet GDM – Sub-Saharan Mission Scale - 1:43

While Germany was occupying France during World War II, there was a severe shortage of fuel as most of the fuel was being diverted to the military. So it was decided that an Algerian transport firm (Algeria was then under French occupation) would undertake a long Sub-Saharan Mission to check the viability of groundnut oil or palm oil as a replacement fuel for diesel.

So the Managing Director of the transport firm MORY along with a team of 13 members set on the long mission from Algiers (capital city of Algeria) to Cotonou (Benin, West Africa) and back, that would cover a total distance of 9000 kms. and take 3 months (March-May, 1941). 

Three modified trucks of the Berliet GDM series were selected along with a Ford car for the journey. Each of the trucks had a fuel carrying tank capacity of 300 litres and all of them were fitted with modified Berliet made 6-cylinder MDER engines that were made under the guidance of world-famous British engine designer Sir Harry Ricardo who also allowed them to incorporate his new compression swirl chamber design called “Comet”.

  4855.00    4380.00      

- Premium collectible
- Licensed product
- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic
- Non-opening model
Brand Berliet
Period 1901-1946
Year 1941
Model Origin France
Scale 1:43
Box Dimension (in inches) 10 x 4 x 5
Color Beige
Make Altaya
Theme Utility
Material Metal

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