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IPV is a Spanish brand of all-wheel-drive trucks, Built by Mafsa based in Pontenova, province of Lugo, Spain.

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Mafsa, started in 1965 as a joint-venture of three local automotive workshops which had been for many years re-conditioning ex-Spanish Civil War light 4x4 trucks, mostly of Italian OM manufacture, and fitting them with diesel engines.

The first Mafsa product was a narrow-width truck, with a very elementary cab and a choice of Barreiros or Perkins engine, specifically designed for North-Western Spain's logging industry, and nicknamed carroceta.

As Mafsa had no sales network, the carrocetas were sold directly from the plant. Nevertheless they were quite successful, and this allowed Mafsa to expand into more general purpose 4x4 trucks, which were specially in demand for fire-fighting and off-road construction based applications; to appoint a few dealers around Spain and therefore eventually to become a 'proper' truck manufacturer.

By then the trade mark (name) was Mafsa itself, but in 1972 it was switched to using IPV as the Brand name (trade mark).

The IPV model range grew gradually up to 270-hp and 24-ton GW, while the OEM engine supplier was switched to MAN and a new more modern-looking and comfortable cab was used. Specially interesting were a bi-modal (road/railway) model and a dockside tractor to pull semi-trailers short distances within the docks.

IPV went into receivership in October 2006.

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