In recognition of 30 years since the launch of the Magnum model, Renault Trucks has given a 1997 version a new lease of life.

Authorised dealer RH Commercials has carried out the restoration work on the 4×2 Magnum. The vehicle is now set to make a number of appearances at shows across the UK and Ireland in 2021. 

The RH Commercials team stripped the Magnum down to its bare components, cleaning and replacing numerous parts. There then followed a chassis makeover, and a respray in red and black. 

The finished product bears a striking resemblance to the model that stood on the company’s British Motor Show stand in 1990. Renault Trucks says it is an homage to the iconic launch AE 500s fitted with a Mack V8 Turbo Intercooler 503hp engine.

“The Renault Trucks Magnum transformed the truck market when it arrived on the scene 30 years ago,” said Alex Williams, Head of Brand and Communications at Renault Trucks. “Restoring this Magnum back to its original glory is the perfect tribute to a legendary vehicle. 

“It has been a labour of love for all involved and the painstaking transformation into the show-stopping vehicle it is today is an incredible achievement,” added Williams. He paid tribute in particular to Neulla Hughes at Renault Trucks and also the team at RH Commercials and Doncaster Trimmers.

The Magnum’s power comes from Renault’s 6-cylinder Turbo intercooler engine, which produces 374hp and 1650Nm of torque. The engine is mated to the company’s B 18 gearbox, offering 18 speeds. The vehicle also features a 12V power outlet in cab, electrically operated cab tilt and a second bunk and fridge.