Within their limitations (for instance, the fact that the cab was rigidly mounted, not tilting) the F82 and F83, the successors to the L42 and L43 from 1956/57, were successful trucks. They served distribution transport customers well in Scandinavia and some other countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.
Reinforcing the cab structure
But the fact was, that the L42/L43 and F82/F83 were aging in the late 1960s. In contrast to most of the other trucks included in the radical new 'System 8' generation, they had not been modernized since the 1950s (apart from the introduction of diesel engines with modest output in place of the fuel-thirsty V8 petrol engine).
In contrast to all other (heavier) trucks in the Volvo truck programme, these models had not been tested according to the tough Swedish safety cab test. In order to make sure that the safety level of these light to medium-duty trucks was increased, the cab structure (which had always been made out of steel) was reinforced.
Further extensive updating
At the same time the exterior was redesigned slightly to make the overall appearance more modern, such as by adding a black grille instead of the previous traditional front with horizontal bars which did not go well with the rest of the modern range of Volvo trucks of the era.