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Volvo LV 102, 4 x 2 (Front view, left side)

 
 

Front view, left side

Picture courtesy of Sten Thomsen, Nr. Alslev


Danish Army Specific: The shown truck belonged to the Guard Hussars, and was rated as a 4 ton truck.
Historical
: Not until the 1950s would Volvo be a major supplier of heavy-duty trucks. From the very start up to WW II, Volvo was, however, a major producer of medium-duty trucks, which sometimes were used for heavy-duty purposes due to the rugged design.
Typical of the late 1930s is the generation of Volvo trucks which have become known as the ’Sharpnose’, which consisted mainly of light to medium-duty vehicles. They replaced the LV76–78 vehicles of 1934/35 and became a sales success, especially considering that the total number of vehicles produced during WW II was fairly limited, and that very few civilian customers were permitted to obtain a new truck and new tyres for it.
The first presentation of these trucks took place in 1938, when the LV101 was introduced. This was a light truck, which bridged the gap between the light pickup vehicles (derived from the Volvo Taxicab chassis) and the heavier trucks like the LV79 and the LV8 series. When production ceased in 1945 837 examples had been made.
A little later the slightly larger LV102 and LV103 trucks were introduced – these were vehicles which were to a true extent real ’trucks’, but still being used mostly for distribution purposes. The mechanics of these trucks was rugged and simple, with a side valve engine of 75–86 bhp (running on petrol, but also available during WW II in a producer-gas version with an output of about 50 bhp). The transmission was a three-to-four-speed mechanical unsynchronised gearbox and the chassis components were in general simple but well-designed. The LV 102 was produced from 1939 to 1941 with 495 made, and the LV 103 from 1943 to 1946 with a total of 500 produced.
The ’Sharpnose’ trucks were loved by the customers, and the general design should (with design changes) be carried over to new generations of Volvo trucks.

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Fuel type: Petrol.
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Additional: The shown vehicle could be a LV 103.
Variants:
Volvo LV 102 tractor (126 kb).


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