A 45-minute drive south of Valencia - surrounded by barren mountains, exuberant vegetation and endless citrus groves - you’ll find the city of Manuel. First it’s orange trees, then orange trees, then the small, quiet city, some citrus and mandarin trees and then some more orange trees. The chances that the oranges in your local corner store come from here are quite big, and if that’s the case, it was probably brought to you by a guy named Peris.
THE PERIS FAMILY
Some 50 years ago, a local mechanic with a small garage decided to expand his business. His name was Manuel Peris Moscardo. Today his garage is slightly bigger and hosts no less than 18 shiny yellow Scania trucks.
The 76-year old city namesake belongs to a family that never really rests. Now the younger generations continue to build the company - a generation hard at work, who know the trucking business like their back pocket. Let us introduce you to Spain’s most humble family.
Manuel has moved over to the passenger side, but there is always a Peris there to take the wheel. José Vicente has been driving Scania for 20 years, José Jr. got his license four years ago and young Hugo is pretty sure of what he will do when he grows up.
There is no doubt the Perises are true Scania enthusiasts. So we brought a little surprise: A Scania 110 Super from 1970 – a delight for both eyes and ears.
This is the legendary Scania LBT110 with the HB13 cabin. A powerful truck built to conquer all of what you might run upon while carrying heavy weight cargo through Europe - like the Alps, the Autobahn and the infamous Kassel hills.
Scanias "forward-control program" was renewed in February 1968 when the LB76/LBS76 was replaced by LB110/LBS110, followed by the LBT110 in January 1969 and the LB/LBS/LBT 140 in July.
The 110 came with two different engines: the D11 with 190 horsepower and the DS11 with 260 horsepower, combined with the HB11 or HB13 cab. This truck was a beautiful blend of comfort and strength, perfect when you needed both horsepower and torque. The drivers and owners of the 110 were often really proud of their trucks.
“During my first year at Scania, I was often present when we delivered the LBT110 to customers in Macedonia – I still remember the names of some of the customers, like for instance Prilep, Transped, Vardar and Atom Kocani. These vehicles were mostly used in international traffic to countries in Western Europe, Germany and Scandinavia.”
“I’ve worked with trucks from the post-war period to now. I had a tractor and got my licence to drive that. After the tractor we had a Bedford and an Ebro, then a Pegaso and then a Scania. Since then we’ve always had Scania.”
GOOD ‘OL SUPER vs. MODERN EXCELLENCE
We all love the Supers. One of them is the Scania 110 Super from 1970, and the other is one of the Perises R480.
By the end of the day, José Vicente drove us up the snaky serpentine road to Mirador de la Visteta, a vantage point with a mind-blowing view over the valley.
Here we say goodbye and thank our host for the ride, safe in the knowledge that the Peris and Sedano family’s passion for trucking will last for many generations to come.
And what could be a better place to end our journey than watching the sun set behind the Valencian mountain peaks, accompanied by the tunes of a tireless Scania engine.