Six classic Volvo models


Volvo has been on the market since 1927. Today it is one of the best-known and most prestigious car brands in the world, with 2016 sales of 534.332 units in almost 100 countries. Since 2010, Volvo Cars has been owned by the Chinese company Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding). Its main factories are in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), Chengdu and Daqing (China); the engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China), and the body components in Olofström (Sweden). After this brief introduction, I present to you six classic models of the Swedish brand.

PV654 (1934)
Volvo's PV600 series was launched in 1929, just two years after the small Swedish car company started its business. It had a unique American-inspired design and a powerful 3-liter inline six engine. A seven-seater version was also produced, mainly for the taxi sector. Approximately 600 vehicles were manufactured from this PV4.400 series during the model's 8-year life.

PV444 (1957)
When it was first introduced in Stockholm in 1944, the PV444 was nicknamed “the little Volvo”. However, due to a shortage of materials after World War II, production did not start until 1947. It was the first time that Volvo had been in a position to offer a model within the reach of the ordinary consumer, and the demand far exceeded the supply. . The PV444 was the first Volvo model to be exported to the United States. The first vehicle arrived in the port of Long Beach, California, in 1955, and just two years later, Volvo was the second-largest import brand in Florida.

1800 S (1961)
The Volvo P1800 is probably the most iconic Volvo model of all time. It became famous around the world for being the vehicle driven by Roger Moore in the role of Simon Templar in the 1961s television series "The Saint." Manufactured from 1973 to 1800, the PXNUMX is today a highly sought-after classic among collectors.

145 Station wagon (1968)
At the end of November 1967, Volvo introduced the third variant of what was then becoming a whole family of vehicles known as the 140 series: the Volvo 145, a 5-door station wagon with a hatchback at the rear. practically vertical. Everyone agreed that it was a safe, comfortable and extremely practical and spacious vehicle. The cargo volume was over two cubic meters, and the cargo space floor was completely flat. The Volvo 145 soon became a wildly popular station wagon and played an increasingly important role within the 140 series.

262 C (1977)
The Volvo 262C was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1977 on the occasion of Volvo's 50th anniversary. It was the fruit of a collaborative project between Volvo and Bertone, designed in Sweden, but assembled in Turin, Italy. This four-seater coupe, with the radical roof design that became the hallmark of the 262C, was based on the 262 six-cylinder, two-door sedan. The Italian company Bertone was in charge of the custom stamping and also supplied the custom interiors in pleated leather, elm veneer and long pile floor mats. The 262C was equipped with the B27F engine from PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) of injection V6 with overhead camshaft and 140CV. In total, 6622 vehicles were built between 1977 and 1981.

850 R (1996)
The 850 R is the high-performance version of the famous Volvo 850. It was introduced in 1996 and was the successor to the 850 T5-R. The 2,3-liter inline five-cylinder transverse engine developed 250CV and allowed the vehicle to reach 100k / h in 7,5 seconds. The deep red color was exclusive to the 850R, although it was possible to choose five other colors depending on the market. The 850 R was built with both station wagon and sedan bodywork and is now a highly sought-after youngtimer classic.


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