Up for grabs at Australian auction house Collecting Cars is a rare Volvo built for the Swedish military.
It’s the four-wheel-drive TP21 Sugga, one of 700-odd examples produced between 1953-1958. Sugga in Swedish is ‘sow’, a reference to the vehicle’s pig-like looks.
This particular 1954 example has been in Aussie hands since the 1980s. It is rigged as a radio command car and comes with a roof-mounted antenna and some original radio equipment, including phone handpiece and generator. The odometer shows 31,718 km.
Under the bonnet is a 3.7-litre six-cylinder petrol engine developing 67kW at 3600rpm and a top speed of 90km/h. It drives all four 16-inch wheels via an unsynchronised four-speed E9 manual gearbox with vacuum-lockable front and rear axles.
TP21 Sugga also comes with twin jerry can holders, roof-mounted shovel and axe, rear-mounted spare wheel carrier, high and low range gearbox, escape hatch in the roof, fold-out rear bike rack, and tilting windscreen.
The vehicle is a hybrid of sorts, combining a reworked body from a Volvo 800-series sedan sitting on a shortened, fully welded frame from the company’s truck division.
The result is a vehicle with short front and rear overhangs for steep approach and departure angles, selectable four-wheel-drive, semi-elliptical springs and double-action telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel Lockheed drum brakes.
It might be nicknamed the ‘pig’ but it has always been described as a much more refined descendant of the World War II-era Volvo TPV, Volvo’s first serious foray into 4×4 development.