The decade-long popularity of the Viking together with the good reception by the customers of the revolutionary L4751 Raske TIPTOP with its tilting F cab made it natural to also present a tilting cab as an alternative to the L48 Viking.
Further use of the F cab
The modern cab of the Raske TIPTOP was the natural choice, since it offered not only perfect access to the engine (even better than on a conventional N truck with a bonnet) but unique ergonomic properties.
Even if the Raske had benefited from the F cab, the advantages of the TIPTOP cab were perhaps even more obvious for the Viking. The Viking was the obvious choice as a two-axle tipper truck for solo use, having as alternatives the Raske (where less power was needed) and the Titan (where extremely high power was needed).
Benefits that brought success
The F truck model offers unique qualities for this transport task. These consist of favourable weight distribution (necessary since overloads sometimes add extreme tension to the chassis, suspension and the axles) together with the possibility of using a shorter wheelbase - a major improvement in construction site transport where building sites are often crowded and manoeuvrability is of utmost importance.
The introduction of the L4851 Viking TIPTOP took place in 1964. The truck immediately met high demand from the customers, especially on the home market in Sweden. Enormous success would not occur, however, for another year. Then the successor to the Viking TIPTOP was introduced, the F86, perhaps the most beloved truck in Volvo's history....!
The System 8 family
The F86 was presented in the summer of 1965 as part of the 'System 8' family of trucks. The cab was almost identical to the cab of the Raske TIPTOP (the only exception being a larger engine tunnel, necessary to house the larger 7-litre engine). The bench for two passengers in the Raske TIPTOP had given place to a single passenger seat.
Despite the close resemblance to the L4851, the F86 was completely new 'under the skin' (= the TIPTOP cab). All the basic mechanic components of the new F86 truck were identical with the components of the renewed N86 truck, being the successor to the L48 Viking.