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Canada had quite a few truckmakers including Western Star, Hayes, Pacific, Sicard, Peninsula, Rubber Railway Company (RRC) and Canada Leyland.

Scot trucks were produced from May 1972 to May 1980 by a small Canadian truckmaker called Atlantic Truck Manufacturing located in Debert, Nova Scotia. The company was a subsidiary of conglomerate J.D. Irving Limited.

Although total production only reached 1,155 units, they were a common sight in eastern Canada.

Scot began in 1972 as an assembled truckmaker using the Ford Louisville cab, and fiberglass hoods from Abco (Atlantic Bridge Co. - although they actually hadn't built bridges in years)

The Scot A1H (and A1HD) was the only Scot model which used out-sourced cabs (the Ford Louisville cab). By 1977, Scot was designing and producing its own cabs, including both conventional (with an integral sleeper option) and cab-over-engine (COE) versions.

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There was a construction company out of Goshen NY that had a Scot for their lowboy tractor. I can't remember who it was. It was the integral sleeper version on Hendrickson on 60 inch spread. I use to see it all the time. Very unique.

Cheers, Rob

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Ive never seen 1 in person but ive seen pics of them online very interesting looking truck .

I'm curious to know how well they held up in the soft ground of the excavating jobs compared to a Bulldog or Autocar (W.M.C. NOT Vulva)


You Cant Fix Stupid. But You Can Numb It With A Sledgehammer. :loldude:

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I know of the SCOT brand trucks,don't think I've ever seen one in person,never knew they made a C.O.E, learn something new everyday! thanks for posting the pics. and info!............................Mark

Mack Truck literate. Computer illiterate.

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  • 5 years later...

The whole reason that Scot came into existence is that the Irving's figured that it would be cheaper to build trucks than to buy them. The JD Irving company basically owns much of the Maritimes: they have a substantial empire based on oil, paper and agriculture/fishing. Midland and RST Transport are Irving companies. Midland is a van company and RST moves tankers.

I've been told that the Midland Scots were ordered with Formula 290 and 300 Cummins  with a 9 speed. I know of two Midland owner operators; one had a 350 Cummins, later replaced with a 400, and another had a Detroit. They bought new and probably received better terms. The Irvings currently own Freightliner dealerships.

I used to see those tractors every now and then back when I was growing up. The city of Toronto also owned some of their fire trucks, and kept them as reserve units up until....I'm going to say the early 90's.

I used to think those trucks were ugly as sin. Now I think that that big cab with the integrated sleeper may have been ahead of its time.


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