Still getting the job done:
Ever wonder what quality really means? Sergio A Moresi in Argentina owns a Volvo N88 truck from 1966.
“The truck was bought by my grandfather and it was driven by my father and, in the last 25 years, by me. The truck still has several parts which are original from the plant,” says Sergio.
“The truck remains in perfect working condition and it travels approximately 10,000 km a month carrying grains, mostly soya beans, wheat and corn,” says Sergio. “This truck is very special to me, it is a part of my life because I have grown up with it. My father sat me behind the steering wheel when I was a little boy and since then I have been a huge fan of Volvo trucks.”
Success story of the 50s
Launched in 1965, Volvo N88 became an immensely popular heavy truck. Although it was packed with new exciting features (fully synchronized transmission, innovative steering and brake systems, etc), cab and hood looked very much the same as its predecessors. Experiences from the introduction to the tough American market in the 50s determined the priorities: total reliability, long service life, low fuel consumption, low weight and development potential. The Volvo N88 engines were designed for high output and efficient turbo charging, perfect for demanding applications.
History lesson, chapter one
A veteran truck blogger says it better than anybody else: “Where would you be without a Volvo truck both to dream about and to remember from yesteryear?”
The first Volvo truck ever rolled off the production line in 1928. By our modern standards, the Volvo Series 1 is no technological wonder, what with its 28 hp Volvo Penta engine, top speed of 40 km/h, wooden frame and a 1.5-tonne capacity. But for its time, it was a highly competitive commercial vehicle. For one thing, it was available with a cab option. And what is more, it had a robust design that stood up the primitive road conditions of the time. The Volvo Iron Mark still reminds us of the high-ferrite steel construction that ensured quality and endurance in the old days. The successor, Volvo Series 2, featured a new, revolutionary suspension concept and a chassis that could be used for buses as well.