Whittaker Coachbuilders Limited of Gamston, near Retford Nottinghamshire, has delivered which is to believed to be the first new series Volvo FL horsebox in the UK. the chassis was supplied by crossroads truck and bus Rotherham
The new series FL horsebox was commissioned by Darren Price, a private buyer Mr price said that he choose the Volvo FL chassis because of the quality and reputation of Volvo, the competitive price, the specification, the warranty and the dealer location for maintenance. ” it is so easy to drive, quite and economical ” he explained.
Whittakers reputation is founded on building bespoke horseboxes and there variety of other vehicles such as car and motorcycle transports.
16 T GVW FL 4X2 ridgid is powered by the Volvo D8K 8 litre engine rated at 250HP. Mr Price specified the I-SYNC automated gearbox.
Both axles of the 5900 MM wheel base truck are air suspended. the passenger door has a lower window for improved visibility on the near side and the body work has been designed so that the cab retains its tilt function for the ease of maintenance. Over all length of the finished truck is 10,700MM unladen weight 12,040 KGS and it is 4000 MM height. On board, there is air conditioned, secured accommodation for 4 horses and 6 people.
Whittakers coach-built the bespoke body work from aluminium with various types of installation and light weigh body struts and main frame. The interior of the cab has been customised with Vele leather upholstery with red stitching and piping.
According to Whittakers, the vehicle exterior is finished in a ‘Rolls Royce’ paint colour known as ‘Cornish cream’ the swooping lines of the vehicle livery are painted rather than decaled.
Details on the high quality body work include laser cut stainless steel bridal hook in an exterior locker, polished stainless steel saddle racks, additional Gel batteries for additional long life power for the living accommodation and an on board 5KW diesel generator. The interior of the living accommodation features solid and veneered walnut surfaces and storage units. underfloor heating is fitted.
In addition to a 3M awning, the living accommodation slides out and extends on one side of the body plus making the most efficient use of the space available.
Whittaker Coachbuilders are very proud of this truck and enjoyed working with Mr Price and his family to design it, Volvo provided us with a amazing base to start with and left us both with a happy customer.