By Dave Turner
Photographs of the models and a table summarising their details can be found at the base of the article.
For 1978 Ford replaced the W Series of top end trucks that had run from mid 1966 with the all-new CL9000/CLT9000. These tractor units were built to the highest quality to compete with the best that Freightliner and Kenworth had on offer.
The CLT9000 was equipped with a Reyco tandem axle while Cummins KT or KTA engines were employed. No less than five lengths of cab ranging from non-sleepers to narrow and double sleepers while among the dress-up packages came the choice of stacked dual headlights. A lightweight package had the truck built with much aluminium while from the early 1980s, the range was extended to include rigid trucks as well as tractor units.
By the end of 1991, Ford found that they required more production space, and left the high end of the truck market by discontinuing the last of the large tilt-cab Fords.
As far as models go, there is a rather disparate selection of small CLT9000s from tiny die cast toys and plastic kits to quite impressively large steel toys.
AMT plastic kits have appeared under several shared names, their 1:32 CLT9000 tractor unit came under both Matchbox and Ertl banners. These were Snap kits requiring no adhesive, and came in coloured plastic that need not be painted together with many plated parts. The 1982 AMT/Matchbox catalogue included a couple of semi-trailer box vans in kit form that were suitable to accompany these. A larger plastic kit for the same vehicle came from the Japanese Imai range, their 1:28 scale CLT9000 appears on ebay from time to time, if unbuilt for three figure sums.
Ertls 1:64 diecast miniature CLT9000 came with three different trailers, a box van, a flatbed carrying a large ‘I’ beam and a grain carrier. The cab that appears to be the largest 110” BBC (bumper to back of cab) tilts to reveal a simple plated plastic ‘engine’. The body of both the grain trailer and box van are plastic on a diecast base while the rear doors on both open.
Majorette offered some 1:87 diecast CLT9000 units with a variety of trailers, and despite their small scale featured some reasonably nice wheels, rather than toy whizz-wheel type. Remaining in this scale some plastic kits came from the German arm of Revell featuring CLT 9000 tractor units in two cab sizes and car carrier and flatbed trailers. Shortly after, similar kits utilising the same tooling were sold in the US under the Lindberg banner. These kits while being quite inexpensive feature some well produced plated parts.
Even smaller are the Hot Wheels CLTs from Mattel, first appearing in 1982 with the then familiar Hot Wheels plated base/bumper component, they had a second lease of life around 2002, with simplified body castings and plated plastic base/bumper. The dump truck was also passed off as a stake truck but unlike most other Hot Wheels creations these little trucks are quite acceptable models of their chosen subject.
At the other end of the scale Nylint produced some 1:25 steel toy CLT9000s in both semi trailer and rigid form and with two sizes of cab. The all shared the same three axle chassis, have simple plastic cab interiors and feature stick-on decals for their sign writing.
|AMT||USA||1982-88||6786||CLT 9000 Tractor unit||1:32||Plastic kit|
|Ertl||Hong Kong||1980||1453||CLT9000 110” cab Box trailer||255mm||1:64||Diecast/plastic|
|Ertl||Hong Kong||1980||1454||CLT9000 110” cab Grain Trailer||255mm||1:64||Diecast/Plastic|
|Ertl||Hong Kong||1980||1459||CLT9000 100” cab Flatbed||255mm||1:64||Diecast/Plastic|
|Imai||Japan||1980||964||CLT9000 Tractor unit||1:28||Plastic kit|
|Majorette||France||1986-94||601||CLT9000 Low loader w helicopter||205mm||1:87||Diecast|
|Majorette||France||1988-94||602||CLT9000 Low loader w Front loader||205mm||1:87||diecast|
|Majorette||France||1988-94||604||CLT9000 Box van trailer||1:87||Diecast|
|Majorette||France||1988-94||605||CLT9000 Tanker trailer||1:87||Diecast|
|Majorette||France||1988-94||607||CLT9000 Container trailer||1:87||Diecast|
|Majorette||France||1988-94||615||CLT9000 Low loader w stock car||1:87||Diecast|
|Majorette||France||1988-94||616||CLT9000 Low loader w bulldozer||1:87||Diecast|
|Majorette||France||1988-94||618||CLT9000 Low loader w Seaplane||1:87||Diecast|
|Revell||Germany||1984||2102||CLT9000 110” cab w flatbed trailer||1:87||Plastic kit|
|Revell||Germany||1984||2104||CLT9000 64” cab w Car Carrier trailer||177mm||1:87||Plastic kit|
|Lindberg||USA||1986||1047||CLT9000 110” cab box van trailer||1:87||Plastic kit|
|Lindberg||USA||1986||1056||CLT9000 110” cab w flat bed trailer||1:87||Plastic kit|
|Mattel||Malaysia||1982/02||3253||CLT9000 64” cab Dump truck||68mm||1:95||Diecast/plastic|
|Mattel||Malaysia||1982/02||4018||CLT9000 64” cab Stake bed truck||68mm||1:95||Diecast/plastic|
|Mattel||Malaysia||1983/02||3916||CLT9000 64” cab wrecker||73mm||1:95||Diecast/plastic|
|Nylint||USA||1988||9116||CLT9000 110” cab box trailer||525mm||1:25||Steel|
|Nylint||USA||1988||9150||CLT9000 64” cab refuse truck||323mm||1:25||Steel|
|Nylint||USA||1988||CLT9000 64” cab box van||262mm||1:25||Steel|
|Nylint||USA||1988||CLT9000 110” cab log trailer||1:25||Steel|
Models pictured – Ford CL9000/CLT9000
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