Classics Of The Future
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.
|2,319 cc, five-cylinder
|155 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.
|2,435 cc, five-cylinder
|149 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