The eagle has taken off

The eagle has taken off

Swedish truck driver Klas Andersson expects a lot from his vehicles. He recently invested in a new generation Scania R 730, but he wasn’t fully satisfied until his V8 had been custom-painted with a bald eagle.

The new truck is now out on the road and Klas has also exhibited it at a trucking event. “Attending truck festivals is fun, not so much for the sake of showing off my truck but for meeting other drivers and owners,” he explains.

The distinctive truck operates for transport company Gårdskärs Åkeri & Buss, which was founded by his father Harry, who also started the family tradition of customised trucks that has been passed on to Klas and his brother Per. “Dad always drove good-looking V8 trucks and that’s something we want to do as well,” Klas says.

After operating his Scania R 560 for six years and clocking up 750,000 kilometres, the time came for Klas to make the trade. He seriously considered buying an R 580 but in the end decided to go for the vehicle with the most powerful engine. And, after the first few weeks on the road, he is full of praise for his new truck: “It’s simply outstanding – it’s quiet and the stability is marvellous.”


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