The 379 was Peterbilt’s flagship truck from 1987 until 2007 maintaining the nameplate’s signature long-nose styling. Available in standard (119” BBC) and long hood (127” BBC) lengths, the 379 is the last conventional over-the-road truck available with an aluminum hood.
The 1930’s saw the continued growth of long-haul trucking. Though sales were down, trucking was not as devastated by the Depression as many other businesses. New models and designs were continually introduced. Still, many companies fell into bankruptcy. One of these was the Fageol Motors Co., which for 17 years had produced rugged, heavy-duty trucks and luxury buses. In 1938 Fageol Motors was sold T.A. Peterman, a logger and plywood manufacturer who had been rebuilding surplus army trucks and modifying old logging trucks for use in his business. By 1938, his lumber operations had expanded beyond the capabilities of his fleet.
So he purchased the Fageol assets in order to build custom chain drive logging trucks.
While Henry Ford was cranking out hundreds of trucks a day, Peterman set his sights on building 100 trucks a year, concentrating on quality, not quantity. Factory records state that 14 trucks were shipped that partial first year, and 1940 production was 82 units. The incredible speed with which the Peterbilt truck gained acceptance in the trucking industry was a tribute to product quality. One major reason for this was that Peterman sent engineers out into the field to find out firsthand what truckers needed and wanted. Peterbilt engineers did not go to the drawing board until they’d gotten their boots dirty researching their potential customers.
It is this attention to the customer’s needs that makes Peterbilt one of the “biggest” names in trucking history.
1:32 scale Approx 29cm long
Features Opening Doors, Cement drum turns, High quality Die-Cast replica