Farrellys takes a shine to Mercedes Antos13 December 2016

Metal and tube polisher Farrellys has taken delivery of a Mercedes-Benz Antos 18-tonner, specified to match the demonstrator vehicle from Midlands Truck & Van.

The Antos, acquired with funding from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, is powered by a six-cylinder engine transmitting 238bhp output via its PowerShift automated transmission.

It has a 5,800 mm wheelbase and is fitted with a 26ft dropside body by Fred Smith & Sons, of West Bromwich.

The operator’s new flagship shares the same ClassicSpace S-Cab in metallic grey paint with optional colour-coded bumpers and external sun visor as the Antos curtainsider in which Midlands’ truck sales executive James Smith arrived at the factory in Wednesbury.

“We’d invited quotations from several manufacturers’ agents but some didn’t even bother to respond. Midlands Truck & Van were certainly the only ones who took the time and trouble to come and see us,” says Steve Finnegan Jnr, general manager of Farrellys.

“James was clearly eager to win our business, while I really liked the sleek styling of the Antos he brought out for us to look at. So I used the demonstrator as the template for our own vehicle.”

The Antos is being inspected and serviced under a Mercedes R&M contract by Midlands Truck & Van’s Wolverhampton branch.

Laura Cork

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