Scania R730 Black Amber goes to WA operator

Powerful limited edition truck is hauling grocery trailers in the West

Scania R730 Black Amber goes to WA operator
Scania R730 Black Amber goes to WA operator
By Steve Skinner | November 1, 2013

The only Scania R730 Black Amber prime mover in Australia has found its permanent home with Greg’s Meat Transport in Western Australia.

The 730hp (537kW) R-model Scania is the most powerful on-road truck in the nation. The Black Amber version was at the Brisbane Truck Show earlier this year.

It was also at the Perth Truck Show in July and that is where Greg Goodchild (pictured) spotted it.

"I have always wanted a truck like this, and as soon as I saw it at the Perth Truck Show and looked inside it, I knew I had to have one," Goodchild says.

"The truck is already on the road, being driven by Greg Howard, one of my long-time drivers.

"He is fanatical about keeping it clean. His ute even carries a rainwater-filled tank that he uses to wash the truck."

Black Amber features include metallic paint, carbon fibre flames, black and chrome wheels, perforated leather upholstery and special carpets. The list price of the R730 was in excess of $200,000.

Greg's Meat Transport runs a mixed fleet of more than 50 trucks, of which six are Scanias.

Although the company specialises in the refrigerated transport of meat products, the Black Amber is pulling a supermarket groceries B-double between the company’s base in Jandakot and Bunbury.

"We are getting excellent fuel from the truck, better performance than we expected," Goodchild says.

"It has been a great image-builder for our business, too, and I reckon it will help us attract good drivers in the future."

Meanwhile the R620 Black Amber has also found a new home in Perth with Scania loyalist Express Freezer Transport.

The company is using the truck to pull a jumbo slider-side single refrigerated trailer.

Owner David Edghill has included his new purchase in the Scania maintenance and repair program.

"All our trucks work six or seven days a week, but cover only around 80,000 km a year because we are delivering around the metro area," Edghill says.

"They are hard kilometres," he adds, which is why he has a maintenance contract with Scania.

"It’s a no brainer for me because to be successful as a transport operator you have to know your costs as accurately as possible and control them."

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