Chevy V-8–Powered Volvo Military Truck Wearing a 1930s-Era Taxi Body Is Just…What?
It comes as little surprise that this mongrel appeared at the SEMA show in Las Vegas before landing at a Saudi show.
We've walked miles of auto shows and have seen a lot of whack stuff, so it takes something pretty far out of the box to get our undivided attention. Well, this 1957 Volvo TP-21 Radio Command Car that showed up to the Riyadh auto show in Saudi Arabia is so far out of the box we can't even see the box any longer. Yep, the TP-21, or Sugga as it's called, started life as a military radio wagon for the Swedish defense forces. And it just gets weirder from there.
The body is modded from a 1930's era Volvo taxi that was mated in some mad-scientist way to a heavy duty truck chassis. Volvo churned out around 720 of these from '53 to '58, with about 15 of them somehow ending up in the U.S. The backseat was roomy for command personnel along with equipment and the vehicle had cool feature like a roof hatch, blackout navigation lights, and all sorts of exterior gear. Back then it was powered by a 3.65L flathead six-banger that put out an agonizingly weak 90 horsepower.
Well, as you can see things have been updated and "civilized" more than just a bit. This example was imported from a collector in Sweden and given a complete makeover. The old mill was ditched and replaced with a 620hp/650lb-ft 572-inch Chevy big-block crate engine mated to a heavy duty automatic 475 transmission and upgraded 4WD transfer case (to handle the power). But, the Sugga did keep its original vacuum operated front and rear differential locks. Other refinements include power steering (from an old school bus), AC, and GPS navigation. The radio equipment was ditched in favor of the latest in audio-visual equipment and a whole lot of creature comforts. There's even a TracVision mobile satellite dish embedded in the roof. The trunk is all set for tailgating action with another LCD TV and speakers hidden in the fuel cans. Below that is a retractable cooler drawer for the required frosty beverages. This insane 7,945-pound ride was built by Eddie's Rod & Custom and it turns out they've built a few, all tailored to what the buyer wants. There's even one powered by a Cummins Turbo Diesel! To see more, or order one up, click on over to www.eddiesrodandcustom.com for the 411.