MST Transport is rolling out its painstaingly restored Scania Royal Centurion 143 with Michelin X Multi tyres.
Michelin Original Equipment for Limited-Edition Truck Released in 1991
Modern Tyres has supplied a set of Michelin X Multi regional truck tyres to Craigavon, Northern Ireland-based MST Transport for fitment to its limited-edition truck, one of only 100 Centurion models released to celebrate the Swedish manufacturer’s 100th anniversary.
Originally, the truck rolled off the production line with Michelin tyres, with the firm’s owner Michael Taylor, who acquired the vehicle in 2008, insisting on the latest generation 315/80 R22.5 Michelin X Multi fitments to keep his restoration as authentic as possible.
“The Centurion is such a special truck. Whenever we went to the classic truck shows over in England, it would always be the one everyone was interested in,” explains Taylor. “This example was first owned by J M Phillips and was originally used to work on a contract for Armstrong Steel.
“When we did our research and spoke to the people who ran it back in the day, we found out the Centurion was fitted with Michelin’s fuel-saving tyres as original equipment. It was very important to us to have everything as close to the original as we physically could, so we spoke to our local dealer Modern Tyres, who put us in touch with the local Michelin rep to source us the correct rubber for the job.”
Michelin Truck Sales Account Manager Primoz Lakota supplied a pair of X Multi Z tyres for the steer axle of the 4×2 tractor unit and four X Multi D tyres for the drive axle. These tyres are all covered by Michelin’s accidental tyre damage guarantee.
“Primoz and the team from Modern Tyres were all very helpful,” adds Taylor. “They delivered the tyres and ensured proper set. The pressures were absolutely as they should be. We couldn’t be happier with how the truck looks, it’s drawn a huge amount of attention already and the Michelin tyres were just the added cherry on the cake.”
Michelin X Multi tyres include technology, such as InfiniCoil, a continuous steel wire wrapped around the tyre to improve mileage potential and fuel efficiency, and Forcion, a material that helps to increase mileage potential while also improving resistance to abrasions, cuts, chunking and chipping. The X Multi D tyres also benefit from Regenion technology within the tread, along with Powercoil – the name Michelin gives to strong steel cables which ensure a lighter casing and contribute towards the drive tyre’s superior longevity and lower rolling resistance.
MST Transport will be displaying the Scania Royal Centurion 143 at various classic truck shows across the UK throughout 2022.