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Normal Control Or Forward Control – Who Cares When A Volvo N10 Looks This Good Says Tachoblog

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!

Posted by on September 29, 2011.

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Categories: Classic And Vintage Commercials, Classics

3 Responses

  1. The first N series to be imported to the U.K. arrived in 74/75 and were only available in 6×4 for tipper work. They were first to use the “T” ride bogie with single rear springs mounted above the rear axles on a rocking beam, something which found it’s way over to the F7/10 tipper chassis. Later models had “elephants feet” , rubber blocks, at the end of the springs to counteract the tendency of the slipper end of the spring digging in and twisting the axle casing which caused the diff to come loose and lose oil with catostrophic consequences. They were not big sellers and I have no idea how many were actually sold, but I had an encounter with one down in Cork which had problems with rear springs breaking on a regular basis. It had a scow ended body and was used in a quarry. When the driver told me that he had just been stopped by the Garda and weighed,(a rare event in Eire)because the large rock in the back was rolling about, he was 15 tons over, I reckoned I had found out why the springs were causing problems.

    by Robert Dickie on Sep 29, 2011 at 20:49

  2. Proper trucks have bonnets, in the same way that proper motorbikes have 2 cylinders and proper boats have sails!

    by Vic H on Sep 30, 2011 at 05:20

  3. Steady now Vic! :-)

    by Tachoblog on Sep 30, 2011 at 15:23

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