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Osborne Motor’s Clear View of Specialist Fine Art Carrier

Osborne Motor's Clear View of Specialist Fine Art Carrier

Side View of Scania Fine Art Carrier

Side View of Scania Fine Art Carrier

Long-standing Supertrucks partner, Osborne Motor Bodies Ltd, has developed a unique suite of specialist bodybuilding skills. The Saffron Walden-based company is the UK's largest manufacturer of milk delivery vehicles and, as a Supertrucks partner, has added glass carrying vehicles to its repertoire. And, in addition to its milk float and glass carrying vehicle expertise, Osborne has a further speciality - the production of high value, one-off, custom-engineered vehicles for the utility sector and other transport markets.

Its latest bespoke vehicle is a unique, very high specification, 18 tonne gvw Scania fine art carrier. "This vehicle has been built to meet the most demanding customer specification. It has to provide the highest levels of load security, both in terms of preventing in-transit damage to its priceless cargo and providing the ultimate levels of anti-theft protection," says Anthony Osborne, director.

Rear View of Scania Fine Art Carrier

Rear View of Scania Fine Art Carrier

To meet customer requirements, Osborne has constructed a reverse Luton fronted 7.0m long box body on the left hand drive, Scania R310 air suspended chassis cab. Externally, the vehicle looks like it is fitted with a conventional dry freight box body, but it is actually a temperature controlled, high security body designed to carry everything from large oil paintings through to antique furniture.

The main body structure is built using high gloss 50mm insulated sandwich panels, for both roof and body sides. The insulated roof structure also incorporates Individual roof lights with heavy duty security grids. To enable a constant interior temperature to be maintained, a Carrier Supra 550 refrigeration plant, complete with mains stand-by facility, is externally mounted in the gap formed between the reverse Luton head and the Scania's cab top air deflector. This plant is able to heat or cool to maintain a consistent 12 degrees C internal temperature, regardless of ambient conditions.

Internally the body, which has heavy duty, non-slip, insulated Wisadec composite flooring is equipped with 15 rows of floor to ceiling soft wood lashing rails to provide optimum load retention for any size of painting or other antique.

Load access is via twin barn doors, which are mounted in galvanised steel rear frames. An Anteo full width, two tonne capacity cantilever lift is fitted at the rear. Also at the rear of the vehicle Osborne has provided personnel access doors on either side. A wide variety of sophisticated, state-of-the-art security systems are fitted to the vehicle. The operator has also specified the chassis with an additional set of batteries, complete with a separate split charging system.

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