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Peterbilt's last Model 379 marks end of 20-year run

CCJ Staff | Commercial Carrier Journal

Peterbilt’s final 1,000th Model 379 Legacy Class Edition marked the end of an era and the completion of its 20-year run as an industry icon. Peterbilt Wisconsin, in its 37th year as a Peterbilt dealer, delivered the 1000th Model 379 Legacy Class Edition to TWX Corp., based in Two Rivers, Wis.

The owners, Kevin and Laurie Hagenow, celebrated its production by accompanying the truck through the assembly process and bringing its engine to life as they drove the truck off the production line in Denton, Texas. The Hagenows have been in business for nearly a decade and operate a Peterbilt-exclusive fleet, pulling flatbeds and drop deck trailers.

“We are proud to have been chosen to receive this historical truck,” says Kevin Hagenow. “It joins our Peterbilt-only fleet and will continue the quality and class image given to each and every customer we service and driver we employ.”

The final 1,000th Model 379 Legacy Class Edition featured:

    • Multiple unique exterior Legacy Class Edition emblems on the grille and both sides of the cab;
    • A custom dash plate inscribed with number 1,000;
    • A polished aluminum hood centerline;
    • Premium UltraRide seats embroidered with the Legacy Class Edition emblem;
    • The Platinum Oval Package, which includes a punched oval-pattern grille and air cleaner intake screen, polished grille bars and stainless steel sunvisor;
    • The premium Platinum level interior;
    • ConcertClass sound system with Sirius satellite radio; and
    • The Peterbilt in-dash GPS Navigation System.

Since 1986, Peterbilt has produced more than 230,000 Model 379s. As a testament to the quality and durability of the truck, more than 89 percent remain in operation serving customers today, the company says. Its replacement, Model 389, incorporates key styling elements of the Model 379 while adding new advanced technologies and refinements for improved aerodynamics, according to Peterbilt.”The Model 389 raises the bar for styling, durability, serviceability and forward lighting,” says Bill Jackson, general manager and Paccar vice president of Denton-based Peterbilt. “It carries all the class and legendary performance synonymous with the Model 379 and other Peterbilt models, while reducing operating costs through better fuel economy.”

Along with the new Model 389, Peterbilt offers the Model 388, which has many of the same features but with a shorter BBC to serve the needs of customers in more length-sensitive applications.