The ACCO can trace its origins way back to 1952 when the International Harvester Company of Australia produced the country’s first locally-designed and built truck.
Developed specifically for the Australian army as a tough, go anywhere, 4×4 rigid, it wasn’t too long before the truck entered the civilian world and became favourable across a broad range of applications.
From tipper work, general haulage, emergency service, refuse and prime mover work, and everything in between, IVECO notes the ACCO entrenched itself as an Australian trucking industry icon, evolving over the years to offer a vast range of model choices, a selection of petrol and diesel engines and in 1971 – an automatic transmission.
In 1972 the ‘ACCO A’ was born, featuring an all-new cabin, a proven structure that can still be seen in the current model ACCOs. The sturdy steel cabin was years ahead of its time, having already met ECE-R29 safety requirements (decades before mandated), while IVECO says the total vehicle package was lauded for its reliability, dependability and ease of service and maintenance.
Despite numerous iterations since the 50s, the company says sophistication and technology features remain core traits of the ACCO range, making it a staple of demanding applications such as waste collection.