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Volvo Viking
Volvo L 485.jpg
Manufacturer Volvo
Also called Volvo L385 - 485
Production 1953 - 1973,
approx. 93,000 produced[1]
Predecessor Volvo L245
Successor Volvo N7
Class Medium/heavy duty truck
Engine(s) Volvo ohv I6 diesel engine
Curb weight 10,000 kg (22,046.2 lb) - 22,000 kg (48,501.7 lb) (gross weight)[1]

The Volvo Viking was a truck produced by Swedish automaker Volvo between 1953 and 1973.

Volvo Viking

Volvo introduced the L385 Viking in 1953. The truck had a payload capacity of up to 8 tonnes for the heaviest trailing axle versions. The Viking truck was very similar to the larger Titan model. For the first model years the Viking used the VDC motor from its predecessor L245, but it was soon replaced by the updated D67 engine.[2]

1959 saw the introduction of the refined L485 Viking, including a stronger chassis.[2] From 1961, the truck was available with a turbodiesel. In 1964 Volvo introduced the forward control L4851 Viking Tiptop with a tilting cab.

Volvo N86

1968 Volvo N86

When Volvo introduced its "System 8" in 1965 the truck's name was changed to N86. Beneath the Viking cab Volvo conducted extensive changes including a new engine, a fully synchronized eight-speed gear box and a general updating of most components.[3]


Model Year Engine[1] Displacement Power Type
L385 1953-54 Volvo VDC: I6 ohv 6,126 cc (373.8 cu in) 100 bhp (75 kW) Diesel engine
L385-485 1955-65 Volvo D67: I6 ohv 6,724 cc (410.3 cu in) 125 bhp (93 kW) Diesel engine
L485 1961-65 Volvo TD67: I6 ohv 6,724 cc (410.3 cu in) 150 bhp (112 kW) Turbodiesel
N86 1965-73 Volvo D70: I6 ohv 6,724 cc (410.3 cu in) 150 bhp (112 kW) Diesel engine
N86 1965-73 Volvo TD70: I6 ohv 6,724 cc (410.3 cu in) 210 bhp (157 kW) Turbodiesel


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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 - L38/48
  3. Volvo Trucks Global - N86

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