Specific: The shown truck
belonged to the Guard Hussars, and was rated as a 4 ton
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 LV7678
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 7586 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
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: N/A.
Additional: The shown vehicle could be a
Volvo LV 102 tractor (126 kb).