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Below is a sampling of the many trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. Check out our app for more information, photos, and an audio recording for each truck.  Click here to download.

1949 Freightliner WF800 C.O.E Diesel Tractor

Engine Type:
Cummins 262 HP Turbocharged 743 CI 6-Cylinder

Transmission Type:
Fuller 4-Speed Main and Fuller 3-Speed Auxiliary

Truck Information:
The C.O.E was Freightliner’s first model of truck and features a single-axle cabover body style. This style was nicknamed “bubble-nose” because of the short, rounded hood that contains the radiator and front of the engine. The short cab of the Freightliner C.O.E allowed the load to be shifted forward, which put more weight on the front axle and increased the amount that could be hauled under the length and weight limits of the time. A sleeper cab option was also created. Unlike most diesel trucks in the late 1940’s and 50’s, Freightliners used Buda and Hercules engines. Records from the factory show that this truck started with a Hercules 6-cylinder diesel engine, but at this time it boasts a Cummins 262 HP turbocharged engine of a different model that was introduced in 1956. This truck was purchased in the spring of 2022 from the Hayes Antique Truck Museum and has been on display at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum since.

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