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 June 2021   

Kenworth has revealed the third of its special edition Legend models – unveiling the 50th Anniversary Edition Legend SAR at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The Legend SAR is modelled on the iconic W900SAR – built for 10 years from 1975 and the first Kenworth designed, engineered and built in Australia, specifically for Australia (and New Zealand).

The latest Legend, timed to coincide with celebrations of Kenworth’s half-century of truck manufacturing in Australia, follows sellout limited runs of a Legend 950 in 2015 and the Legend 900 in 2017. 

Kenworth reckons the Legend SAR “is in a league of its own, combining the latest technology for safer, cleaner and more productive operation, with features that embrace Kenworth’s unique heritage.”

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Kenworth has revealed the third of its special edition Legend models – unveiling the 50th Anniversary Edition Legend SAR at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The Legend SAR is modelled on the iconic W900SAR – built for 10 years from 1975 and the first Kenworth designed, engineered and built in Australia, specifically for Australia (and New Zealand).

The latest Legend, timed to coincide with celebrations of Kenworth’s half-century of truck manufacturing in Australia, follows sellout limited runs of a Legend 950 in 2015 and the Legend 900 in 2017. 

Kenworth reckons the Legend SAR “is in a league of its own, combining the latest technology for safer, cleaner and more productive operation, with features that embrace Kenworth’s unique heritage.”

The heritage-style features that come with The Legend SAR include a two-piece (split) windscreen with chrome trim, topped by bullet-style cab marker lights and dual round air horns, old-style Kenworth and Cummins badges on the bonnet, an anniversary edition red and gold traditional Kenworth bug and a reproduction SAR grille.

Round four-inch indicator lights and wraparound covers on the side-mounted exhausts (with exposed chrome elbows and seven-inch curved pipes) replicate the original SARs. 

The kick-plates on the door openings carry Legend SAR logos, traditional extruded aluminium tank steps run alongside round fuel tanks, with stainless rear guards and tail-light bars standard – along with black rubber mudflaps with the traditional Kenworth logo.

Under the sloping bonnet is a Cummins X15 engine, specially painted in beige to commemorate Cummins’ heritage.

The interior of the Legend SAR features diamond-pleat trim with Legend SAR 50th Anniversary Edition branding on the rear wall and door trims, Kenworth and Legend SAR embroidery on the leather seats, a wooden Eaton Fuller-branded gear knob, more Legend SAR branding on the gearstick surround and a wooden plaque on the glovebox lid carrying the Legend’s build number. 

It also has a traditional flat dash layout, with a full suite of handmade heritage-style chrome-bezelled and white-faced gauges, featuring the traditional Kenworth bug, toggle switches with backlit graphics and a four-spoke leather steering wheel. 

PACCAR Australia sales and marketing director Brad May says the Legend SAR “not only commemorates 50 years of proudly manufacturing Kenworth trucks in Australia, it symbolises what was a turning point for local design and engineering and the custom-build philosophy that Kenworth is still renowned for today.”

The W900SAR (SAR for Short-bonnet Australian right-hand drive) was an iconic fusion of the W900AR and S2 models – able, importantly, to take the high horsepower engines favoured by Australian transport operators and still carry the maximum legal payload within existing length limits. It was also lighter than the AR and Kenworth’s cabover model of the day, the K100.

Southpac’s general sales manager Richard Smart says the NZ representative has all the information on the Legend SAR options and points out that the one-off will be on sale for just one day – Thursday July 8.  


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