The 17 JCB-liveried ERF EC-11 lorries will be retired having been a familiar sight on UK roads for the past 15 years, transporting parts between JCB factories and taking JCB machines to events around the country.
The fleet is now being sold at the JCB Auction on Tuesday 28 September at Wardlow Quarry near to Cauldon Lowe, Staffordshire.
JCB transport and global auctions manager Phil Pepper said: “The sale will bring the curtain down on a long association with British-built ERFs, an association with goes back to 1965 when we first used the manufacturer’s trucks. These particular 17 ERFs were bought second hand in 2006 because we wanted to stay loyal to a British manufactured truck renowned for its quality.
“When we bought them, they were between six to eight-years-old and they have been maintained to the very highest standards, so while they may be retiring from JCB, there is plenty of life left in them and we expect brisk bidding for them at the JCB Auction, particularly as there is no buyer’s premium.”
The trucks were manufactured 35 miles away from JCB’s World HQ in Rocester at ERF’s plant in Sandbach, Cheshire. At one time one of the trucks was moving 1,200 tonnes of machines and parts per day between factories.
The auction also includes vintage JCB diggers from the 1960s and 1970s as well as a number of the company's modern day machines including Loadall telescopic handlers, wheeled loading shovels and tracked and mini excavators.