The last ACCO
Iveco has donated the last locally manufactured ACCO to the National Road Transport Museum in Alice Springs. The donation means that the truck will be on regular display at the Museum.
The donated 6×4 ACCO cab chassis was produced in November 2019 and has since been in storage. it’s the last example of the locally designed and built model before it was superseded in 2020 by a new ACCO version based on a global platform from Europe.
Interestingly, the newer version hasn’t been able to emulate the sales success of its predecessor.
This last true ACCO was transported from Melbourne to Alice Springs in time for the Australian Festival of Transport that was held from 24th to 27th August.
Iveco ANZ managing director, Michael May, said that the National Road Transport Museum was a fitting home for the final Euro 5 ACCO produced.
“In the late 1960s through to the early 2000s, the ACCO played a massive role in Australia and New Zealand, being the truck of choice for a great many applications, including general freight, linehaul, emergency service, waste collection and agitator work,” Mr May said.
“At the end of 2019, Iveco celebrated the delivery of the 90,000th ACCO, so the truck’s inclusion within the National Road Transport Museum is well earned.
In accepting the donation, Road Transport Historical Society Inc CEO, Nick Prus, cited the contribution that ACCO has made to the Australian road transport landscape over many years.
“We’re very very happy and grateful that Iveco considered us for this donation,” Mr Prus said.
“As an exhibit, the last locally manufactured Euro 5 ACCO aligns very well with the goals of the museum: to preserve the heritage of the local road transport industry.
“The ACCO will be on permanent displace in the ‘Trucks in Action’ venue, which showcases the diversity of vehicles that were built in Australia.”