Despite the success of the F truck in both Europe and other parts of the world, especially in the medium-duty segment, Volvo decided to carry on the development of reliable traditional conventional trucks, based on the existing generation of trucks.
A generation of modern trucks
When the L36/L37 family of trucks was introduced in 1954-56, it was a modern truck generation with numerous different components under the skin of the different versions. Side valve petrol engine, overhead valve petrol engine or diesel engine were obvious choices.
With the modest GCWs and the fairly modest quality of Scandinavian roads, around 100 bhp was more than enough for the intended transport applications, especially as these trucks were rarely used with a trailer.