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Volvo C70 Convertible, 1997


C70 Convertible Clearly an attempt to echo the success of the P1800, the sleek C70 was available as both a coupe and a convertible, with the latter selling an impressive 50,000 units prior to the model’s overhaul in 2006. A range of economical petrol and diesel engines were offered, too. Today the rarest C70s are those with Volvo’s “signature” saffron pearl metallic paint, of which fewer than 150 were produced.

Engine2,319 cc, five-cylinder
Top speed155 mph (250 km/h)

The C70 offered family-friendly performance driving, combined with style and comfort. Its Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS), provided enhanced safety.

A Volvo C30 T5, 2006


C30 T5 A further attempt at producing a compact, sports estate, the three-door C30 could be viewed as a successor to Volvo’s earlier 1800ES and 480ES, but was far superior to both. In large part this was due to the multiplicity of parts and the know-how brought across from the high-performance versions of the Ford Focus, whose platform it shared. Agile with rapid acceleration, it gave other Volvos a run for their money.

Engine2,435 cc, five-cylinder
Top speed149 mph (240 km/h)

Volvo’s entry-level coupe was compact, sleek, and nimble. With 220bhp and three suspension settings, it was a joy to drive.


It is a quote. The Classic Car Book – The Definitive Visual History 2016

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