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Volvo Roundnose
Volvo LV 127 Truck 1943.jpg
Manufacturer Volvo
Also called Volvo LV120 - 154
Volvo L221 - 249
Production 1939 - 1954,
approx. 43,500 produced[1]
Predecessor Volvo LV81-series
Successor Volvo Brage
Class Medium size truck
Engine(s) Volvo inline 6
Transmission(s) 4 speed non-syncro manual
Wheelbase 3.4 m (133.9 in) - 5.3 m (208.7 in)[1]
Curb weight 6,400 kg (14,109.6 lb) - 12,300 kg (27,116.9 lb) (gross weight)[1]

The Volvo LV120/130/140/150-series, or the Roundnose was a medium size truck produced by Swedish automaker Volvo between 1939 and 1954.


The "Roundnose" was introduced in the autumn of 1939, in conjunction with the outbreak of the Second World War. The truck was originally built in three versions. The smallest LV120-series had the same side-valve engine as the Sharpnose. The larger LV125-series and the sturdier LV130-series had the same overhead valve engine as its predecessor LV90.[2] During the war, many of these trucks were equipped with wood gas generators. 1944 saw the introduction of the LV140-series with the big FE engine which replaced the LV180/190-series.

In 1946 the Roundnose became the first Volvo truck offered with a diesel engine.[3] The LV150-series was equipped with Volvo’s VDA pre-chamber diesel engine.

All versions were updated in the early 1950s.[2] The LV120-series became the L220-series with a stronger ED engine. The LV140-series became the L230-series, with an improved A6 engine and the LV150-series became the L245-series with a direct injected VDC diesel engine.


Model Year Engine[1] Displacement Power Type
LV120-123 1940-49 Volvo EC: I6 sv 3,670 cc (224 cu in) 86 bhp (64 kW) Petrol engine
LV125-138 1939-50 Volvo FC: I6 ohv 4,394 cc (268.1 cu in) 90 bhp (67 kW) Petrol engine
LV125-138 1939-45 Volvo FCH: I6 ohv 4,394 cc (268.1 cu in) 90 bhp (67 kW) Hesselman engine
LV140-148 1944-51 Volvo FE: I6 ohv 4,703 cc (287.0 cu in) 105 bhp (78 kW) Petrol engine
LV151-154 1946-49 Volvo VDA: I6 ohv 6,126 cc (373.8 cu in) 95 bhp (71 kW) Pre-chamber diesel
L221-224 1950-54 Volvo ED: I6 sv 3,670 cc (224 cu in) 90 bhp (67 kW) Petrol engine
L231-234 1951-54 Volvo A6: I6 ohv 4,703 cc (287.0 cu in) 105 bhp (78 kW) Petrol engine
L246-249 1950-53 Volvo VDC: I6 ohv 6,126 cc (373.8 cu in) 100 bhp (75 kW) Direct injection diesel



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Olsson, Christer (1987). Volvo - Lastbilarna igår och idag. Malmö, Sweden: Förlagshuset Norden AB. ISBN ISBN 91-86442-76-7. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Volvo Trucks Global - Roundnose
  3. Volvo Trucks Global - LV15/L24

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