Have a look at this rather wonderful Volvo N10. Tachoblog’s been sent the picture by Ted Connolly. the editor of Classic And Vintage Commercials.
So why has Ted sent us this? Best let him explain…
“Love them or loathe them (to coin a totally original phrase), the big Yank trucks sure are something else.
Some Anglophiles are adamant that they are just trash and flash and it has been known for them to refer to such machinery as Septic Tanks (Yanks, get it?).
But there is absolutely no denying that these have presence. Big presence.
Now click below for more on the Volvo N10…
“Put it this way, I was at a show and wanted to take a couple of photos of a Peterbilt.
“I had to wait 20 minutes before the crowds cleared long enough for me to get a decent shot.
“Part of the charm is their huge bonnets. They jut out in a masterful fashion and, when wearing a huge, chrome radiator grille – as they usually do – then you just cannot ignore these devices.
“However, having rambled on about Yank metal, I must now confess that this little piece is nothing to do with Stateside muscle.
“No, the subject of these writings is a Volvo N10. The N stands for normal control – in other words, the engine is in front of the cab, rather than halfway into it with the driver sitting over the front wheels, which we know as forward control.
“Apart from in America, where length is rarely an issue, most countries prefer forward-control because cabs – and therefore the overall length – are more compact.
“However, there are quite a few non-American normal-control classics kicking about on the classic scene and you’ll no doubt think about Scammells, some of the early Leylands etc.
“But the one in question here is a Volvo N10, featured in the November issue of Classic and Vintage Commercials.
“It dates from 1977 and is thought to be the only survivor from a consignment of six that were imported from Sweden. It is beautiful and charismatic, but don’t take my word for it. Check out the mag. Go on, you will like this truck, I promise.”
Tachoblog’s had a quick peek and we can only agree!