Monday, December 16, 2013

20k: The Sow: 1957 Volvo PV800 TP21 Sugga

The Volvo PV800 Sugga (Swedish for sow) was built for fleet use and dominated the Swedish taxicab market for many years.  The TP21 version was a 4X4 version built for Swedish military needs - which after WWII has been mostly fighting stampeding moose and trying to keep the Soviets scared.  The result was that not many of the TP21 military versions were built with an estimated 720 examples leaving the factory between 1953 and 1958. Find this 1957 Volvo TP21 Sugga for sale in New Haven, VTfor $19,700 buy-it-now on ebay.

The old sow will need some reconditioning - or an owner who likes the look of a well patina'd military vehicle.  This is one of those classic Volvo vehicles that would probably start (after some fiddling) each time you took it out, but something would also break on each trip.  

Under the hood is a 3.6 liter Volvo ED inline-6 good for 90 horsepower...but on the plus side it looks like plenty of room for a powerstroke diesel or modern volvo i-5 turbo engine.  Just don't put a Chevy 350 under the hood because it is entirely too predictable.  Inifiniti Q45 V8 engines are cheap...

Show us your war face!


  1. On the topic of v8 swaps, why not keep it in the family and period correct with a B36 OHV v8?

    1. Or keep it even more current by swapping out the running gear from a Volmaha V8 powered XC90?

    2. Considering the rarity of those things, I'd rather see a period-correct engine go in there, whilst not ruining the platform for a return to as-built condition for future preservation. I'm *pretty* certain some Suggas left the factory with the B36 between the front fenders but I'm not nearly as well versed on them as I would like to be. Check out the youtube videos of B36 powered Suggas frolicking in the mud and snow for some inspiration.

  2. Look out for flying pulley and water pump bearings! 90 HP? Holy Sow! Torque Monster


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