The final Kenworth K500 cabover was recently completed at the Kenworth assembly plant in Renton, Washington.
This ended production of that severe-service truck model after 14 years. The K500 served as one of Kenworth’s premier models popular primarily with oil and gas exploration customers worldwide, the company says.
The K500 used a combination of the Kenworth C500 drivetrain with a modern COE cab. This configuration addressed the need for an on/off-highway vehicle with improved jobsite visibility, which also offered more cab space conventional models. The K500 featured a variety of configurations, including 6×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 10×10.
Sintagma Holding purchased the last Kenworth K500 cabover for use by the Mining Society of Chitotolo (Sociedade Mineira do Chitotolo) in Luanda, Angola. The K500 will be used in a gold mining operation.
The first K500 order was in 2006 and went to Karamay in China as part of a total order of eight K500s.