people voted for Volvos almost every time they showed up
Yeah, it's frankly a bit terrifying how strong the Volvo love is here. I always think I'm making a 'balanced' poll since Volvos are generally less engaging to drive compared to what I put them against, but they end up running away with the victory anyway!
Agreed that pre-Wagener Benzes were best, but to me those early 2000s Benzes were my childhood so there's something about that new-millennium style that still piques my interest.
Of course! I'm glad People's Choice has become so beloved and I'm hoping to get a few other segments going as well to revive my material from the Kinja years 🙂
Volvo 262C "Solaire" from 1981. The plan was to have a series of 50 262C convertibles built by the independent company Solaire in California on behalf of Volvo Cars of North America. Only five cars were built, however, before production was stopped, partly due to concerns about the car's safety in a crash Today, the car belongs to Guy Vermant, the Belgian Volvo collector, and has undergone complete renovation.
If your donut is like every other donut, it's significantly smaller (diameter) than the tire it replaced. So it racks up more rotations, which the computer interprets as more miles, for the same number of gallons, if it's on a drive wheel. Either that or 50 pounds makes that much of a difference.
@WhoIsTheLeader I used to live next door to a Volvo buff, who had a Bertone coupe. First one I had ever seen, very unusual car. His had a V8. He spent some time showing me the programming he was doing for it on a program called Super Squirt, trying to get the most out of the 2 turbos he installed. Sadly, I moved before he had it done, but he figured it was good for around 550 hp. Neat car.
@CarsOfFortLangley I think it's more of a hipster thing, trendy young people like boxy old Volvos, right? Go find one and rent it for our commercial, that will work. You often see kind of random vintage cars show up in commercials for unlikely products for some aesthetic choice. 850Rs are all 25+ years old at this point, would be the same as using a car from the late '60s in a commercial in the mid '90s.
@ibRAD This brings me back; I recall it was around 2012 that my dad was shopping for something used to replace his aging 740 turbo wagon as a commuter. I was trying to convince him with Consumer Reports articles and whatnot to go for an early 2000s 9-5 since they had decent reliability ratings and, well, I wanted a Saab. In true Swedish car brand loyalist fashion he got a 2001 V70 T5 instead, and now to replace that a 2015 XC60 T6. Once a Volvo man, always a Volvo man.
@Roadkilled I'm digging the green over brown leather. Aaaand that's about it. Gladly pass on most of the rest of it. Especially this...
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oof yeah pass on this example (read:seller) but these cars are gorgeous. In college my brother actually had a non-running one that he intended to restore but life and kids and moving house etc got in the way. He's not bothered, not too much a car guy, but I sometimes think of what got away lol
"The mainly Northern Italian craftsmen of Brussels coachbuilder Jacques Coune built 5 convertible versions of the Volvo Amazon 122 S, four cabriolets and a tourer, each one taking some 450 hours to build : just two Coune Volvo convertibles exist today, and this is the only one still on the road. Its original owner was an 18-year-old girl who was given the car as a birthday present by her father. The car he's been completely restored to its original grey metallic finish and red leather trim."
@WhoIsTheLeader the second generation Focus RS ST and RS used the Volvo 5 cylinder. It’s the one Clarkson nicknamed the ASBO after a U.K. law known as the anti social behaviour order. The law is not specifically about cars
@pip-bip A 240 was my first car, so I have a tremendous soft spot for them. That being said, I have always thought these were ugly. I just think they got the windshield angle, the side windows, and the proportions wrong.
They list velocity in km/h, but force in pounds. I had to look closely to see the "Volvo Canada" tag at the bottom of the ad. With the age of the ad, it probably lines up with when Canada was switching to metric, so it makes sense to me now.
Not that many of the P-series were made compared to the later S and E. The one you saw has a badge denoting it as an 1800S, so I believe before fuel injection but still extremely cool. I'm still waiting on spotting any 1800.
You actually need torque. The gearing is a torque multiplier to go beyond the capabilities of the motor or engine.
I agree. I think the deal is that the motor of a given size has only so much torque. If its in a car, the torque of a typical 200 hp car motor is more than sufficient to accelerate a 4000 pound car up any hill you need, Say a truck has 600 hp,, fully loaded, the motor just doesn't have the torque to do it as the truck might be up to 80,000 pounds.