50th-Anniversary Edition LEGEND SAR

In News, Kenworth, June 20214 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 1, 2021

Following the outstanding response to the Legend 950 in 2015 and the Legend 900 in 2017, the timing of the much-anticipated debut of the Legend SAR – at the Brisbane Truck Show during May – is aligned with Kenworth celebrating 50 years of manufacturing trucks in Australia.

The Legend SAR is modelled on the iconic W900SAR, built and sold in Australia from 1975 until 1985, and the first Kenworth model designed, engineered and built in Australia specifically for Australian operating requirements.

Although more than 45 years have passed since it first went into production and other SAR models have ensued, the allure of the original ‘SAR’ still remains and is reignited with the release of the third in the series of Legends.

Named “Son of Nugget” in tribute to the iconic W-Series limited edition “Gold Nugget” released in 1984, the Legend SAR includes a full suite of heritage-style limited-edition features that celebrate our journey in Australia’s road transport Industry.

Some of these include:
• Flat windscreen B-series cab, with traditional doors and door handles complete with airlift windows.

• 36-inch and 50-inch sleeper cabs in both an Aero 1 and flat roof design. A dovetail air deflector atop the sleeper is available with the Aero 1.

• Two-piece (split) windscreen with chrome trim, topped off with bullet-style cab marker lights and dual round air horns.

• Heritage Kenworth and Cummins badges with an anniversary-edition red and gold traditional italic Kenworth bug, atop the authentically reproduced SAR grille.

• Round 4-inch front turn signals on the crown of the wheel arch reminiscent of the original SARs.

• Side-mounted exhausts include a wraparound cover, just like the old SARs, with exposed chrome elbows and 7-inch curved pipes.

• The interior of the Legend SAR features diamond pleat trim with ‘Legend SAR 50th Anniversary Edition’ embossed into the rear wall and door trims, and a wooden plaque on the glove-box lid to identify the unique build number of each truck.

• Stainless scuff plates adorned with the Legend SAR logo on door openings.

• A traditional Kenworth bug and Legend SAR logo embroidered into the leather seats.

• The gear lever of the manual transmission topped with a wooden gear knob featuring the original Eaton Fuller logo and a stainless- steel Legend SAR surround fitted around the sock.

• 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.

• On the truck’s body, traditional extruded aluminium tank steps run alongside round fuel tanks, stainless rear guards and tail-light bars are standard, as are black rubber mudflaps adorned with the traditional Kenworth bug.

• Under the hood is a Cummins X-15 engine, specially painted in beige to commemorate Cummins’ heritage.