The DC Autocar is back! I can hardly believe the words I just typed but it’s true. Somehow the talented folks at Autocar Trucks managed to keep under wraps one of the biggest heavy truck stories of the century! By now you might have heard about the release of the DC-64R, the first conventional styled Autocar truck released in over three decades. If not, feast your eyes on the truck below.
Not bad. Not bad at all. You’ll notice the front clip draws heavy inspiration from the original style DC of the early 50’s, a style that we took a look at in last edition of Autocar Mondays. Along with the round head lights it’s not hard to imagine that this truck represents the continued evolution of the DC/DK Series had a series of mergers and acquisitions not put the storied line to rest.
The DC-64R is a serious re-entry into the conventional truck market with an all new designed cab. No cabover rip off here. The all steel cab is designed to be the strongest on the market. The frame of this truck is even stronger featuring 160,000 PSI frame rails, the heaviest in the industry. Power is supplied by the Cummins X12 producing up to 500 HP and 1,700 foot pounds of torque.
Everything about this truck is designed to tailor to the waste industry. Autocar has already started to accept orders for this truck that will be built at the Birmingham, Alabama factory.
Autocar Mondays typically lives in the past celebrating the long lived DC, DK, and AT line of trucks. With the release of the DC-64R I have a feeling we’ll be seeing many more modern trucks on the pages of Daily Diesel Dose. It’s good to live in a time when a conventional Autocar truck is in production! My hat is off to Autocar for taking their time to produce a truck that we can actually see instead of the usual vaporware and computer generated images that seem to be so popular in the auto industry nowadays.
I can’t wait to see what’s next!