Volvo museum honors rich tradition

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo Trucks has a rich history, having produced its first truck in 1928, and the vehicles have clearly come a long way. But the Volvo Museum in the company’s home city of Gothenburg, Sweden, offers a nod to cars and trucks that helped to build the brand.

It begins with first truck, the LV40, which was built on a PV4 chassis in February 1928, and had much in common with the first two cars known as the OV4 and PV4.

And have you ever wondered why a diagonal line ran through the center of Volvo grilles? It was needed to support the famed circular iron mark, which would otherwise fall off. (These are the things you learn.)

Displays include a 1950 LV248X Roundnose, featuring a Volvo Diesel Series C engine — an in-line six-cylinder diesel that produced 100 bhp. There’s a 1954 L395 Titan, the company’s first truck to feature an engine with turbo-charging. A 1965 L4951 Titan Tip Top now sits on the museum floor, as does the Environmental Concept Truck featuring everything from a series hybrid driveline to an active suspension and aluminum cab. And these are just a sample of the displays for truck enthusiasts.

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John G. Smith is Newcom Media's vice-president - editorial, and the editorial director of its trucking publications -- including Today's Trucking,, and Transport Routier. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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