Keltruck acquires Scania LB111 at Derek Cooper (Transport) auction

Roger Brown
September 25, 2016

Keltruck has purchased a 1979 Scania LB111 at the auction of the haulage fleet and much of the historic vehicle collection of Derek Cooper (Transport).

The Scania dealer successfully bid for the vehicle in the event on 10 September at the haulier’s yard near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, organised by Protruck.
David Morgan, sales director at Keltruck, said the company paid more than 10 times what the vehicle cost new.

“Our chairman, Chris D Kelly, said he wanted the truck and we were going to have it at any price,” he said. “This is now another hole filled in our classic Scania collection, a 111 sleeper. 

“This truck is in fantastic condition and we will keep it in Derek’s livery as we have done with other classics.”

Derek Cooper founded the company in 1950 and initially did a lot of transport work for the growing air bases at Mildenhall, Lakenheath and Stradishall. 

By the mid-1980s the haulier operated more than 150 vehicles.

Cooper died six years ago aged 80, and the company has now closed its haulage operation and restructured its warehousing business.

Other vehicles at the auction included a 1969 Commer two-stroke flatbed and Commer two-stroke tipper, a 1972 AEC Mandator tractor unit and a 1983 Scania T-cab.

There were also more modern Daf and Scania 6x2 tractor units, as well as tipper trailers.

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