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14. August 2014 04:34
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Licence to Kill Kenworth Trucks

14. August 2014 04:34 by m | 0 Comments

I'll admit that I was a touch disappointed that the Bond in Motion Exhibition didn't have one of these giant Kenworth Trucks from Licence To KillLicence To Kill:

Go ahead and buy one. After all You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice.

Truth is, most of us are going down the big road    We've even thrown in a couple of CDs featuring
only once. So wouldn't you rather do it in a truck you won't see in the oncoming lane 15 times a day?

That's the general idea behind the 007 Limited Edition of the Kenworth W900B AERODYNE: for starters, it's got a one-of-a-kind paint design. Then you can opt for the standard 120-inch BBC cab, or the new 130-inch extended hood version. With this latest option, you'll get more hood, more chrome, and more rubber-necking from other drivers.

Either way, you'll run with a mega-horsepower engine, polished aluminum wheels, dual stacks, chrome-plated bumper and heated power mirrors. But that's just what's outside.

Inside there’s a deluxe interior, air-cushion seats and 300-watts of power-boosted, equalized, bass-throbbing sound coming at you from eight speakers and a Kenwood AM-FM tuner, Dolby' cassette and compact disc player.
music from James Bond movies so you can get yourself in the right mood for a little undercover work.

Meanwhile, back in the sleeper, we've built in a 10-inch color TV and VCR combination.

Finally, to be on the safe side, we've equipped your Kenwoith with a Michelin safety kit, packed with flares, reflectors, jumper cables, first-aid supplies and a flashlight.

Come to think of it, about the only thing we haven't done with this truck is build very many of them. So, if you want to own a Limited Edition during this lifetime, better stop by A a Kenworth dealer.

This not-so-standard paint design is shown on the new optional, extended hood version of the Limited Edition W900B.

I'm no truck expert, but I do see some differences between the truck used in the film (below) and the Limited Edition W900B (above), most notably the number of smoke stacks and the lights on the mirrors. According to someone who is more of an expert on Trucks than I am (CJ from Hank's Truck Forum) this is because the trucks used in the movie were Mexican and in Mexico they never built the w900B, but used the older w900A... Well, if you want to learn more about that you can go read CJ's post on the subject.

Kenworth Truck Ad featuring James Bond. Caption: Get your hands on one anyway you can. Kenworth. The World's Best

Another member on that forum calling himself "Dingos Got My Baby" actually imported one of these Rigs from the United States to Australia, and restored it - Here's his video:

I'll admit it. I'm a little jealous. Ever since I saw Smokey and the Bandit I've liked these big rigs...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 1989

KENWORTH OFFERS LIMITED EDITION JAMES BOND 007 TRUCK, PLUS INTRODUCES NEW EXTENDED HOOD OPTION

   KIRKLAND, Wash - It might not do a wheelie like James Bond’s W900B, but Kenworth’s look-alike, with optional Extended Hood, will draw more than a few looks of admiration and cause a few truckers to pull out their tape measures.
   The Limited Edition James Bond truck coincides with the release of the newest James Bond movie, “Licence To KillLicence To Kill.” In the film, Bond uses Kenworth W900Bs to pull him through perilous situations. The same truck, minus the 1000 horsepower engine required in the film, will be available in limited numbers at Kenworth dealerships beginning in September.
   Ed Wallace, Kenworth’s general sales and marketing manager, says the trucks are not “standard” by any means. “They’ll feature the 007 paint design and a gold-plated Kenworth hood ornament, as well as a gold-plated nameplate on the side to commemorate the film,” said Wallace. “In addition, they’ll feature the most luxurious driver amenities we’ve ever offered, including a high powered (300 watt) sound system, with CD and cassette players and equalizer, and an entertainment system, complete with VCR and color TV. You won’t find a more sophisticated or powerful stereo system anywhere. In addition, the interior is our top-of-the-line VIT option diamond tufted - fitting for this special truck.”
   The Limited Edition also introduces Kenworth’s Extended Hood option, adding a full 10-inches to the hood, giving the truck a powerful, classic appearance. The Extended Hood will now be offered as an option on all Kenworth W900Bs.
   Drivers who enjoy the traditional look, will now be able to have the latest in technology along with the bold appearance of the longer hood and the 60-inch AERODYNE sleeper (standard with the Limited Edition). “The Extended Hood celebrates classic trucking with a full 130-inch bumper to back of cab dimension.”
    “Coming out of the factory, the Extended Hood model will be the fanciest, most eye-popping truck ever produced by Kenworth. It’s a beautiful truck,” Wallace said. “We’ve designed this model to appear to the successful driver who enjoys the glamour of chrome and polish, and who appreciates luxurious amenities.”
     Extended Hood models feature power steering using Cat, Cummins or Detroit Diesel engines. Customers have a choice of 9, 10, 13, 15 and 18 speed transmissions. Featuring tandem rear axles, the new model also has Kenworth Air Glide 100 rear suspension for a smoother, more comfortable ride.
   To make the W900B look more like a show truck than an over-the-road model, Kenworth have added lots of extra options. “We’ve added a substantial amount of bright work to really make it shine and stand out from the crowd,” said Wallace. “Starting at the front , we’ve gone with a chrome-plated steel bumper and added dual polished aluminum fuel tanks, dual chromed exhaust stacks, a stainless steel sun visor and polished aluminum tool and battery boxes. To finish off the truck, we are factory installing stainless steel cab and sleeper light panels, providing quite an impressive sight.”
   Wallace also pointed out that the new truck, like all Kenworths, had hundreds of options available to match the truck to the customer’s exact needs.
   The W900B with Extended Hood can be ordered with a 60-inch VIT or AERODYNE VIT Sleepers, or it can be ordered as a non-sleeper tractor.
   To learn more about Kenworth’s new James Bond Limited Edition or Extended Hood W900B, contact your local Kenworth dealer.

 
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