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Volvo Cars Celebrates 80th Anniversary at 2007 International Classic Car Show

2 November 2007

  • Exclusive display of Volvo cars spanning almost 80 years of the motoring

Rare Volvo cars are under the spotlight at this year's Classic Motor Show, held at Birmingham's NEC from 9 to 11 November. Celebrating 80 years since the first Volvo car left the Gothenburg factory in Sweden, the company marks this milestone with the help of some real motoring rarities. Representing eight different decades some stunning Volvos, never seen before in the UK, will be on display in Hall 1 of the NEC.

Nine rare Volvos
The nine cars on display at the Volvo stand are all very rare and some of them are the only existing example. By displaying these unusual models, visitors will be introduced to some lesser known parts of the Volvo product history and older cars that are not very well known outside of Sweden. All the more reason therefore to give them pride of place at the UK's best classic motoring exhibition.

Volvo Cars Heritage displays the following cars:

  • Volvo PV655 Norrmalm drophead coupe 1933 – A magnificent one-off, generally considered to be the world's most beautiful Volvo.
  • Volvo 445 Valbo convertible 1953 – Built on the 445 light truck chassis, this is one of five survivors out of ten originally built.
  • Volvo Sport 1956 – Often referred to as the P1900 this nice sportscar with its original plastic body carries chassis number 1
  • Volvo 122S Amazon Coune convertible 1963 – The only rolling example of the five open Amazons built by Belgian carrossier Jacques Coune.
  • Volvo 480 convertible prototype 1990 – One of the two prototypes built by Volvo Car B.V as design and feasibility studies.
  • Volvo C70 T5 convertible 2008 – The current open top Volvo in the model range is offered with at broad range of engine alternatives.

The Volvo Owners Club displays:

  • Volvo PV36 "Carioca" 1936 – Only 500 were built of this streamlined pre-war Volvo and this is probably the only one in the UK.
  • Volvo 1800S 1965 – The winner of several councours awards, this is one of the best 1800s in existence and it is still in regular use.
  • Volvo 780 Bertone coupe 1990 – Designed and built by Bertone in Italy, this was the top-of-the-line Volvo during the second half of the 1980s.

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