McCulla celebrates 50 years with gold Volvo

Lisburn, Northern Ireland: McCulla has marked its 50th anniversary with a gold-liveried Volvo FH tractor.

The Volvo FH-500 Globetrotter XL, supplied by Dennison Commercials of Ballyclare in Northern Ireland. was kept under wraps until its début at the company’s 50th anniversary dinner on 4 May.

The milestone vehicle is joined by a further 14 new Volvo FH tractors that form the company’s vehicle replacement programme for this year. The 15 FHs have Volvo’s factory-fitted Lite pusher axle that allows twin fuel tanks.

All the 6×2 trucks have Euro-6 D13K engines rated at 500hp. The Gold Volvo has the range-topping Globetrotter XL cab, whilst the remainder have the fleet standard, Globetrotter Cab.“We usually buy ten new trucks every year and since 2016 almost every truck purchase has been a Volvo. Our vehicles are always bought outright with five-year Volvo Service Contracts and an end of service residual value is also agreed,” said Brian Beattie, operations director.

“Our association with Volvo Trucks stretches right back to an early F88 tractor unit that company founder David McCulla bought during the 1970s, Beattie said.

“Back then, there were no Volvo dealerships in Ireland, so David bought the F88 in Grimsby and had it serviced in Carlisle, when passing by. We have restored four classic Volvo trucks, one from each decade, that forms our heritage fleet and we’re currently looking to the future, investigating the procurement of 35 gas powered tractor units.”

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