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The Early Years of Mack in Europe: The French Saviem cabbed Mack N-model

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In 1962, a COE cab from French cab manufacturer Pelpel (the same type cab used by French truckmaker Saviem) was adapted to a Mack N-series chassis and shipped it to Allentown for testing. It performed extremely well, but the cab was deemed to costly.

This prototype was designated Mack-Saviem X30T.

Was Mack in talks with Saviem in 1962, hedging their bets ahead of taking control of Bernard in 1963?

This truck was still at Mack in Allentown some 20 years later in 1983. There's a story here. What happened to this truck?

Note: The Budd cabbed Mack N-model went on to become a strong seller in the European market.


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