1927 100-tonne Scammell for sale!

Posted by Chris Graham on 23rd May 2022

An iconic 1927 100-tonne Scammell – the first of its kind in the world – is being sold on a ‘Make an Offer’ basis, as Joseph Lewis reports.

1927 100-tonne Scammell

The world’s first 100-tonne truck, which bares the Hudson name, is the only fully working model in existence. It’s being sold by the late owner’s son, Dean Hudson, and the vehicle a piece of automotive history that was originally used to transport steam trains, huge boilers, heavy girders and much else besides. 

Commenting on its sale, Dean said: “I grew up helping my father hand-paint, polish and restore the Scammell, which is fondly known as ‘Leaping Lena’ because it used to jump when pulling heavy loads up steep slopes. 

“Since she returned to our family in 2018, after being displayed in the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, Lancashire, for 30 years, we have restored her to the tip-top working condition buyers will see today. And I can safely say that she is a pleasure to drive.” 

The new owner will need two helpers to operate Leaping Lena, as it takes three people to crank the truck into action. You can witness Dean and his colleagues performing the starting process in a video accompanying a full inspection, detailed history and condition report on the Ritchie Bros Marketplace. To locate the listing, visit by clicking here. 

This is also where buyers will be able to ‘Make an Offer’ for the machine, a process that will be managed by the Ritchie Bros team, which includes territory manager Laura Roberts, who added: “This really is a very special listing for us at Ritchie Bros and, just like any piece of equipment, this Scammell truck has undergone a rigorous inspection by one of our specialist inspectors. 

“Every detail of the inspection, including photographs and videos, is covered by our guarantee, so buyers know that the truck’s condition will be exactly as listed.”

To make an offer for Leaping Lena and give this classic Scammell 100-tonne truck a new home, click the link above, or send an email to the Ritchie Bros team at: 

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