Leading oil firm Texaco wanted a small tanker that could carry large amounts of fuel and could also manoeuvre smoothly across small towns.
The T-Tanker had important design elements that were revolutionary those days when most of the vehicles came in boxy shapes. It combined the elements of a car and that of a truck. It had no running boards, upright windshield, hood, fenders, and cowl. The windscreen was curved which itself was revolutionary and complimented the passenger cabin with the bread loaf shape. Not many would know that several of this tanker design elements were seen in car models that appeared 20-30 years later.
Using the chassis of a Diamond T truck, Heil Co. in Alabama collaborated with designer Norman Bel Geddes to produce these. Since the Hercules built engine was at the rear the driver could not see what was happening at the back of the 26 feet long truck, so a microphone was installed in the engine compartment with the speaker in the driver’s cabin, so that the driver would know when to shift gears from the sound of the engine. The height of this tanker was just less than 6 feet.
A very rare collectible in 1:43 scale.
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|- Material: RESIN|
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|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
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|Dimension (in inches)||9 x 5 x 3.5|