The penthouse

In August 2023, Million Mile Club2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 23, 2023

This month’s first inductee has truly earned its spot, achieving nearly double the required amount of 1,600,000km (aka 1,000,000 miles). This 2005 Freightliner ST120 Century Class was a showstopper when it hit the road. Affectionately known as The Penthouse, it was new to Broadway General Carriers and was later sold to Celtic Line Haul. Most will remember it for sporting the livery of Otorohanga-based Freightlines, tasked with general freight cartage throughout the country.

We caught up with The Penthouse as it refuelled at the new Ruakaka service centre, chatting with owner and driver Simon Pedersen of PLL in Tirau. Simon was quick to praise the mighty Century Class. “It’s been a fantastic truck for us. Just jump in, turn the key, and she is good to go. It’s really been just routine maintenance for the ISX-525 Cummins and the odd top tune. It has been a strong workhorse, and the Smart Shift 2 has been good as well.”

Jumping up into The Penthouse’s cab, you are reminded of just how big the high-roof sleeper is. It is a home away from home, developed in the US for that country’s unique OTR (over the road) conditions, when drivers need housing comfortably for weeks at a time.

Now 18, The Penthouse is still in great condition. You’ll find everything in its place, with panels, trim and cabinetry all in good health. It still has a productive career ahead of it, especially in the hands of the Freightliner aficionados at PLL.

The Penthouse brings new meaning to the term ‘tiny home’.
The Penthouse will most likely be remembered for wearing the Otorohanga-based Freightlines livery. Photo: Jody Cole.