After a 20-year run, Peterbilt’s popular 379 model is about to become
The classic model is being replaced by a more aerodynamic model, 389.
While the new replacement will retain the large, blunt radiator of the 379, its
bumper is curved and its new headlamp pods have a modern, streamlined shape,
enclosing improved lamps. But those who crave the lines of the traditional 379
will have one more opportunity to buy this classic.
The last 1,000 model 379s will come off the assembly lines in the first
quarter of 2007. Half will be equipped with Caterpillar engines; the other half
with Cummins. All engines will be 475 hp or greater.
Each truck will carry a plaque indicating its sequence in the final
build, from “1 of 1,000” to “1,000 of 1,000.” Dealers have been clamoring to
get the first and last, but so far, Peterbilt has not determined the allocation
process. Each dealer, however, will have some of these Peterbilt 379 Legacy
Since emissions regulations depend on when the engine was built, all of
these 2007 models will have engines built in 2006. Subsequent Peterbilts with
2007 emissions-controlled engines will be designated 2008 models. The content
in these specially equipped Peterbilt 379s will add about $3,000 to each