Based on legendary Kenworth models from the past, the third in the series of special edition Kenworths, the Legend SAR, has been unveiled this week at the Brisbane Truck Show.
Following the outstanding response to the Legend 950 in 2015 and the Legend 900 in 2017, the timing of the much-anticipated debut of the Legend SAR is aligned with Kenworth celebrating 50 years of manufacturing trucks in Australia.
The Legend SAR is modelled on the iconic W900SAR, built and sold in Australia from 1975 until 1985, and the first Kenworth model designed, engineered and built in Australia specifically for Australian operating requirements. With its sloping bonnet and raised cab position allowing for the first use of under cab battery and toolboxes, the W900SAR (SAR standing for ‘Short-bonnet Australian Right-hand drive’) was an iconic fusion of the W900AR and S2 models. Importantly, it could take the high horsepower engines favoured by Australian transport operators and still carry the maximum legal payload within existing length limits and was lighter than the AR and Kenworth’s cab-over model of the day, the K100.
Built to honour the character of the first all-Australian Kenworth truck, the Legend SAR represents the iconic appeal of the much-loved W900SAR. While more than 45 years have passed since it first went into production and other SAR models have ensued, the allure of the original ‘SAR’ still remains and is reignited with the release of the third in the series of Legends, the Legend SAR.
Brad May, director sales and marketing at PACCAR Australia, said: “The truck not only commemorates 50 years of proudly manufacturing Kenworth trucks in Australia, it symbolises what was a turning point for local design and engineering and the custom-build philosophy that Kenworth is still renowned for today.
“In addition to recognising our long heritage in this country, the Legend SAR pays homage to all those that have stood, and stand today, behind the badge of a Kenworth truck. The ones that have helped make Australian-made Kenworths an integral part of the unique Australian landscape.”
Named “Son of Nugget”, as tribute to the iconic W-Series limited edition “Gold Nugget” released in 1984, the Legend SAR includes a full suite of heritage style limited edition features that celebrate our journey in Australia’s Road Transport Industry.
These features include: