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Lord K's Garage #135: Going Off-Road

Long before the terms "SUV" and "crossover" were coined, Volvo started to build off-road vehicles.

The TPV (Terrängpersonvagn m/43, i.e. Off-road Passenger Vehicle, M1943) was a crossbreed between a light truck and a taxicab. The platform and some mechanical parts were borrowed from the LV-series light truck, and the body from the 800-series large sedan, resulting in a rather comfortable and spacious four-wheel drive car with high clearance, powered by an inline-six 3,670 cc petrol engine and fitted with a three-speed manual transmission.

The body donor had a distintively "American" appearance:

Its 4WD half-brother looked no less militant than the Dodge Power Wagon or the German Kubelwagen of sorts:

Between 1944 and 1946, 210 TPV's were built for the Swedish Army.

In early 1950s, the 800-series taxicabs were redesigned, receiving front panels similar to those of the PV444 small sedan. The body remained the same:

Volvo PV831 by Skogstorp @ Flickr

The company, upon receiving a new Army order, also restyled its TPV but in different way, fitting it with front panels of a newer small truck:

Volvo TP21. Photos by woodytyke @ Flickr

The body, as you see... yes. Between 1953 and 1958, 720 Volvo TP21's (aka Raptgb 915 or P2104, the latter designation for the civilian market) were built, fitted by more powerful Volvo ED engine (90 bhp against 86 of the older EC version). Many are preserved and can be seen at vintage/military automobile happenings in Sweden and elsewhere.

You may also like to visit a website dedicated to the Volvo TP21.

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Comment by thetrainguru on July 10, 2012 at 2:54pm

I love this truck...car...suv...whatever! great article!

Comment by lord_k on April 20, 2012 at 2:09pm

To Dan:

Yeah! Terrorize 'em, that's right!

Comment by Dan G. on April 20, 2012 at 11:20am

I LOVE IT! A little beasty like that would be just the thing for terrorizing all those ~ Never Been Off Road ~ shiny SUVs around town! LOL

Great article, Lord K!

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