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1956 Peterbilt 350 COE

Engine Type:
275 HP Cummins

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Truck Information:
The Peterbilt 350 was Peterbilt’s first cabover model. During the 1950s stringent regulations limited the length that a truck and trailer could be. Due to this, the COE or Cab-Over Engine, became a popular choice because it maximized payload capacities. It also allowed drivers a clearer view of the road ahead and provided greater maneuverability. However, with the engine being directly underneath the cab, a long journey could often get noisy and uncomfortable. The engine could also be difficult to get into. The hood pops up and the fenders swing outward to allow engine access, but it was still very cramped. Later, truck manufacturers would develop tilt-cabs to make maintenance easier. Cab-over style trucks began to fall out of favor in the late 1970s when length regulations increased. The Peterbilt 350s were only produced between 1950 and 1956, so this may be one of the last 350s ever built before the introduction of the 351 model.

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