Buy This Vintage Volvo Laplander 4x4, Be the Coolest Person on the Trail
Head to your local off-road trail on a summer weekend and you’re bound to see 4x4s of all sizes, shapes, ages, and makes. You know the crew—everything from showroom-stock Jeeps to built-up ‘90s pickup trucks, ‘70s Toyota Land Cruisers, and everything in between. The real head turners, however, tend to be those classic 4x4s; the decades old trucks that can still navigate the trails with ease and look amazing while doing so. But what if a vintage Jeep or Land Cruiser just isn’t 'different' enough? In that case, you could go with one of these—a Volvo Laplander. Designed in the late 1950s, these 4x4 Swedish military vehicles were built to be tough, cross-country utes, capable of getting the job done in some of the world’s harshest terrain. This is one such Laplander—a 1967 Volvo L3314 “HT”—and if it tugs at your heartstrings, you’re in luck. It’s up for sale in Chicago, Illinois, and it looks to be highly original. RELATED: Check Out the All-New Volvo S90 "Polestar"
Unfortunately, not much is said about the history of this Volvo, though it is noted to have originally been used as a rescue vehicle, potentially in colder climates as it does comes fitted with a snow plow and a heavy-duty trailer. The “HT” in its name is said to designate its hard top. Back in the early ‘60s, Volvo began producing a number of Laplander variants for the Swedish military, which also included soft top, half cab, and anti-tank models.
Ingeniously, when Volvo designed the Laplander, they utilized quite a few bits and components from their passenger car models, specifically the PV series and Amazon sedans, which cut down on costs and added already impressive reliability.
In fact, take a peek between the seats of this forward-control Laplander and you’ll find the famed Volvo B18A four-cylinder engine, which in this guise generated around 75 horsepower. No, they were not particularly fast…
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Don’t let its porky appearance and passenger car origins distract you, however. These Swedish 4x4s are extremely capable. The B18A engine came mated with a modified four-speed manual gearbox, a four-wheel drive transfer case, hardy axles, large tires, and a sizable amount of ground clearance. Extras included a torquey winch (seen at the front) and an additional power take-off unit.
Seen here in light blue with orange accents, this ’67 Volvo Laplander is far from what you’d call “concours condition”, but what better a reason to exercise it out on the trails. And with a claimed 42,399 miles to its name… that rugged Volvo four-cylinder likely has quite a bit further to go.
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