Sunday, November 8, 2009

Close-Up Shot of Auxilio de Colectivo

Close Up of a Expreso Quilmes Roadside Assistance Truck in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Today I give you a close-up shot of the same old and fancy auxilio de colectivo that you saw in yesterday's post so you can once more marvel at its perfectly formed car body. This is one of the so called auxilios recortados. That means the bus has been converted to a roadside assistance truck to give the vehicle a multi-role capability which is a very common practice for old colectivos in Buenos Aires. Judging from the design of this tow truck, it's obviously a Mercedes-Benz chassis probably a LO-1112 from the swinging 1960s, but I'm not an expert. I just love the vehicle's exceptional design. Have you noticed the improvised car bumper? It's made from an old tire.

9 comments:

Jacob said...

Thanks for explaining this as I thought it looked like the strangest truck I'd ever seen. Actually, I think you're right; it's quite well put together.

Andreea said...

Looks pretty neat. I don't think I would have guessed that it has been adapted from a bus even though the front looks a lot like one.

Julie said...

It certainly is a hybrid! Good to see people adapting for re-use rather than simply tossing them away.

B SQUARED said...

You must have some very good mechanics down there.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I admire creative people who can keep old vehicles rolling for many years. I wish North Americans were more like this, instead of throwing so much away.

peenkfrik said...

Very creative. We have what we call "jeepneys" too that have been born out of the American jeep used in WWII.

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

The visor extending over the windshield makes it appear that the truck is wearing a cap - very jaunty!

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Bob Crowe said...

But Quilmes… is it advertising beer? Or does the brewery on the bus company? Either way, a breakdown could become a party.

AB said...

Pimp my breakdown truck! (For those without teenage kids, this is a reference to MTV)