The Scania Semi Tractor

Custom Scania

A few years ago, I didn’t know that there was a substantive fanbase for semis, trailers, and tractors. I had no idea that there were people who took pictures, conversed in forums, and even bought and refurbished their own large vehicles. It’s very interesting to me now, and I’ve found a wealth of information online in Facebook fan groups, Wikipedia, and museum sources to understand why people love these big rigs so much. I believe part of it is the appeal of the open road. Freedom (in a sense), adventure, maybe even a new life. Still others might purchase said rigs for the nostalgia, whether they used to drive them, or they have relatives who’ve driven these vehicles for thousands of miles cross-country.

There are plenty of semi-trailers and tractors that are well-known in America, such as the Peterbilt, Freightliner, Kenworth, and Navistar, but another company whose vehicles have become something of a worldwide favorite – the Swedish Scania AB. The company began in 1891, almost one hundred and thirty years ago, although at the time they were not producing semis, they were selling railway cars. As transportation evolved, Scania AB went with the times and eventually released the Scania Semi Trailer/Tractor.

While Scania also offers buses, coaches, engines and chassis, it is most known for its semis, some of which have been made over with custom work, such as the Renax Stängsel. It’s a beautiful piece of art, while also serving as a semi tractor (it has a mixer attached). The body is airbrushed with depictions of blue flames, warrior women, and the name, all of which serve to imprint it on the mind of anyone who comes across it. The neon blue and cool grey paint colors mesh well together, serving to keep the semi away from garish and punt it into the category of mobile art piece. Wherever it goes, it turns heads and piques everyone’s interest.

MSM’s gallery of work, which includes the Renax Stängsel, also extends to concrete chutes, mixers, pumps, tipper bodies, hook lift trucks, snow ploughs, and salt spreaders. If you’re in Scandinavia and have a semi of any type that needs a new paint job or that you want to show off at a convention or fan meet-up, they might be worth looking into, at the very least to get an idea of what they are capable of and what you might want displayed on your vehicle.

If you’re interested in checking out the rest of the vehicles that MSM has worked on, you can do so at their Gallery page. If you’d rather see more of the beautiful Renax Stängsel, there’s a three minute video on YouTube. If you’d rather just learn more about the Scania company (including information about who owns it, the price-fixing cartel scandal they were caught in during 2017, and the history of the company dating all the way back to the late 1800’s), you can do so by visiting their Wikipedia page.