The vehicle fleet consisted of nine 6x6 Berliet GBC 8 M Gazelle trucks fitted with Magic engines and five Land Rovers: three 109 Series and two 88 Series.
Each Gazelle had its own distinctive colour depending on its cargo load, which led to the expedition being called the "Desert Rainbow".
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DVD film – BERLIET “Les Tonnes de l'Audace - Mission Ténéré 1959”, filmed in 1959 - 52 min.
"Berliet provided a brilliant demonstration of the agility of its new 6x6 GBC "Gazelle" trucks which meant that Algiers University researchers could benefit from modern prospecting equipment. The expedition thus took on a scientific dimension: the study of the Ténéré region's geological, hydrological, and archeological treasures under optimum conditions."
Book: Roger Frison-Roche, Mission Ténéré, published by Arthaud, Mulhouse, 1960