Solido SOL6139 French Berliet GBC Bomb Service Truck (1:50 Scale)
"A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost."
- Marshal Ferdinand Foch
Berliet was a French manufacturer of automobiles, buses, trucks and other utility vehicles, based in Vanissieux, outside of Lyon, France. Marius Berliet started his experiments with automobiles in 1894. Some single cylinder cars were followed in 1900 by a twin-cylinder model. In 1902, Berliet took over the plant of Audibert & Lavirotte in Lyon. Berliet started to build four-cylinder automobiles featured by a honeycomb radiator and steel chassis frame was used instead of wood. The next year, a model was launched that was similar to contemporary Mercedes. In 1906, Berliet sold the licence for manufacturing his model to the American Locomotive Company.
Before World War I, Berliet offered a range of models from 8 CV to 60 CV. The main models had four-cylinder engines (2412 cc and 4398 cc, respectively) and there was a six-cylinder model of 9500 cc. A 1539 cc model (12 CV) was produced between 1910 and 1912. From 1912, six-cylinder models were made upon individual orders only. In 1917, Berliet started to build trucks for the French Army. The company produced 40 trucks a day.
After the war, 12 CV (2613 cc), 15 CV (3308 cc) and 22 CV (4398 cc) were produced. A new 7 CV (1159 cc) appeared in 1924. New six-cylinder models followed in 1927. From 1933, only four-cylinder models (1600cc and 2000cc) were offered. The last Berliet sedan from 1936 was Berliet Dauphine propelled by a 2-litre engine and using the body of a Peugeot 302B with a custom made hood and radiator grille. Regular passenger car production ceased in 1939 and after World War II, the company produced trucks only. However, more than 20 brand-new sedans were in the factory when the Germans requisitioned it in June 1940, and these were immediately put into service. After the liberation, from late 1944 to early 1945, about 50 sedans were assembled from parts on hand, and in 1946, the last 15 sedans were completed by the Geneva agents.
Berliet manufactured the largest truck in 1957, the T100 with 600 hp (447 kW). It was designed in 10 months at the factory in Courbevoie, outside of Paris. Berliet also designed and built the VXB-170 wheeled armoured personnel carrier for the French Army and others.
A bomb service truck is usually fitted with a platform or cargo type body, and oftentimes equipped with a monorail mounting hoist or hydraulic lifting boom, designed to lift and/or transport bombs. Sold Out!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches