Swedish Military -Volvo TP21: A Chevy-Powered Truck With Charm

Utility & Style: A Perfect Blend

If you’re looking for something unusual yet timeless, this ’57 Volvo TP21 Custom establishment, included in the ongoing Mecum Auction 2024 Kissimmee program, could be the one for you. Many folks might be completely unaware of this vehicle, however it is essentially a retired armed forces car that belonged to the Swedish military.

The “Raptgb 915” was the official name given to this model during its time in the military. It also has a more light-hearted nickname, the “Sugga,” which is Swedish for a female pig. This may seem odd, like the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR, but the ex-military vehicle has a certain charm to its utilitarian look.

From afar, one could be forgiven for mistaking the classic Volvo PV800 for a biggified version of its own, for its front façade looks like an abridged rendition of the celebrated US military M35 Light Utility Truck. This 1950s Swedish ancestor of the contemporary Volvo XC60 might be best likened to a Land Rover Defender.

This specific specimen available at the auction includes heavy duty off-road tires, a Chevrolet 572 cubic inch V8 big block engine, and an automatic Turbo 400 transmission. To guarantee maximum performance, power is directed to every wheel with an Atlas transfer case.

This TP21 boasts only 52 miles on its odometer and is in exemplary condition. We feel the auto looks nearly identical to its original version, except for the eye-striking yellow paint job.

The interior of the cabin is quite lavish, with the inclusion of a large video monitor, air-conditioning, and sumptuous brown leather seating, all kept in pristine condition.

Attending the 2024 Kissimmee auction will certainly give one the chance to appraise and potentially even purchase a transformed TP21, which was particularly renowned for its awarding at the 2018 SEMA show. Alternatively, or in addition to this splendid example, onlookers may also approach the 1955 Willys Pickup; though most consensually reckoned as fairly twisted compared to its original form.

As an aggregate, this vehicle would make a great addition to the set of any aficionado or be a dependable all-terrain transporter.

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