Volvo's Golden Hauler kicks off 50th anniversary tour

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Gold articulated hauler attracts attention at Orlando auction

Our Orlando auction site was packed with equipment during our February 2016 auction—more than 10,000 items total—but one piece of equipment literally outshone the rest.

A brand new, shining gold Volvo A40G articulated dump truck parked in front of the auction building was the only item not being sold—and it caught everyone’s attention.

Ravi Saligram and Göran Lindgren in front of Volvo's gold articulated hauler
Ravi Saligram, Ritchie Bros. CEO, and Göran Lindgren, President & CEO Volvo CE North America, in front of the Golden Hauler

1966: Volvo introduces the world’s first articulated hauler

In 1966, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) launched the world's first articulated hauler, the Volvo DR 631. Boasting four-wheel-drive, a 10 tonne load capacity and an articulated joint between the single-axle tractor and the trailer, the unique all-terrain hauler revolutionized earthmoving and mass transport in the construction sector.

The first articulated hauler, the Volvo DR 631

Fifty years later, the newest Volvo artic—the A40G—offers a 39 tonne load capacity, 6x4 and 6x6 drive combinations, and telematics. And it's an extremely comfortable ride.

2016: Volvo kicks off the Golden Hauler tour

To celebrate the hauler's 50th anniversary, Volvo CE is taking a gold-painted A40G on a cross-continent tour. Twelve Volvo employees completed the custom paint job in 650 hours with $15,000 of paint. The shining 'Golden Hauler' made its first public appearance at the Ritchie Bros. auction in Orlando.

Over the next year, the hauler will visit Volvo dealers and other sites across the USA and Canada, finishing its journey at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 in Las Vegas next March. Volvo CE will then auction off the Golden Hauler, with all proceeds going to support SkillsUSA and Skills Canada.

Contest to find the oldest Volvo hauler

In addition, Volvo CE is holding a contest to find the oldest working Volvo hauler in the United States or Canada. The winner will be invited to Volvo's 50th anniversary celebrations this summer in Sweden. Full contest details—and other news about the Golden Hauler anniversary tour—can be found at

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