Barry Dowton’s 1946 Scania-Vabis B22, VAB15, on show at the 2008 Golden Oldies Truck Show in Dubbo, NSW, Australia
Believed to be the oldest Scania truck in Australia, this B22 was imported into Tasmania by it’s first owner who, incidentially, worked at a Scania dealership. Barry found it on eBay and purchased it, went down to Tasmania and drove it home on a trade plate, all at a leisurely 80km/h (50mph). Equipped with a 130hp inline 6 cylinder direct injection diesel engine and a 5 speed manual transmission, this was originally a bus chassis but was cut down to make a truck chassis
This truck was imported in 1987 from Holland into Tasmania by its original owner Laurie Kelly. Bought in May 2008 by its current owner Barry Dowton of Brisbane, Queensland. Laurie Kelly worked at a Scania dealership in Launceston, Tasmania, as a salesman when this truck was imported into Australia! In 1991, Scania commissioned Laurie to travel with this truck as a major part of celebrations to celebrate (I think) 100 years of Scania in the world…. it covered every east coast Scania dealership and most workshops. The truck’s first major workout was the centenary celebrations for Scania in 1991, where it undertook an Australian mainland tour of Scania outlets before resting up for eight years at Scania Head Office in Campbellfield, Victoria.