In an effort to expand the FARG (French Army Reenactment Group) motor pool we have purchased a SUMB lorry.
The SUMB is the product of the union of two major motor manufacturers in an effort to produce a medium capability all terrain platform for multiple applications. SUMB or Simca Unic Marmon Bocqet for its correct name was produced between the late 50's to the 70's and continued in use until the 90's.
The original units came with V8 petrol engines and proved to be very thirsty indeed. They were upgraded (as were all french military vehicles) in the mid 70's and sprayed nato camoflage and canvas roofs were changed to the rubberised material you find on most SUMBS and hotchkiss jeeps to this day. Once again in the late 90's the french army attempted to prolong the life of the SUMB by having them totally rebuilt but using diesel powerplants and new electronics/ brakes. Unfortunately these didn't see much service as the vehicles were pulled from service and sold off in large auctions in the late 90's.
I personally attended a few of these auctions in france and sorry looking sumbs were selling for 100's of pounds each, and good examples were lucky to reach £1000! A lot of truck for not much money!!
The FARG have now a deisel rebuilt model being delivered soon (pictures will follow) converted back to original livery and will appear in reenactment scenarios over the coming years.
The pictures to the right show the SUMB in 'action' during the 70's
The colour picture with the rear missing and cab folded down - shows how the vehcile outline coule be reduced dramatically, how this can keep the vehicle weight to a minimum and the centre of gravity to be kept low as possible to provide excellent x-country capability.
The final picture is a close up of the original cab/ driving position, showimg how there wasn't much room for the passenger!!
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