Here we will try to keep you updated on what is happening in terms of Volvo car anniversaries, news items of general interest and important dates to remember.
Three of Pehr G Gyllenhammar’s own official cars have now been on display together for the first time. All painted in the same colour red and featuring a custom-made red interior, the cars reflect the personality of one of Sweden’s foremost industry leaders. Around 100,000 visitors came to see Gyllenhammar’s 244 Turbo, 262 Coupé, and 780 at the Bilsport Performance & Custom Show in Jönköping over the Easter weekend.
Volvo Car Group’s dedication to protecting the smallest and most vulnerable car occupants celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2014.
Five historic racing cars and one modern S60 Polestar track car will represent Volvo Cars´ motorsport history at the Techno-Classica expo in Essen, Germany when it opens its doors on 26 March.One of the cars is the PV544 which caught the whole world by surprise in 1965 by winning the Safari Rally with Joginder Singh, “The Flying Sikh”, behind the wheel.
On September 18, million-miler Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo 1800S finally reached their phenomenal goal of hitting the 3 million miles mark – the same distance as 120 laps around the world.
In the early 1950s, Helmer Petterson – ’technical father’ of the PV444, Volvo producer gas units, the Volvo Sport and the real father of Pelle Petterson – designed the coloured perspex sun shield, known as the ’gangster cap’ among Volvo fans.
The Childrens’ Hospital Day at Volvo Cars has become a popular tradition. For the sixth consecutive year, Volvo Cars Experience invited children from the Childrens’ Hospital in Gothenburg to spend a day full of action, activities and fun together with people from Volvo Cars. They do this together with their families and staff from the hospital.
As from October 1, 2013, Claes Rydholm – manager of Volvo Cars Heritage – will retire after 27 years with Volvo Car Corporation. Since August 2006, he has run the VCH operation, successfully building the brand from an historic perspective and putting classic Volvos on the international map.
Volvos, Volvos and Volvos again. Being at IVM means being together with members of the Volvo family, among Volvo fans and around Volvo cars all the time. And having a good time too.
The Volvo Rendezvous & Owners Meeting – renamed earlier this year – was held during the weekend of August 9 –11. Like every VROM before, it was a great place to be for every Volvo fan.
July 4th 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Volvo Duett – Volvo’s first series-produced estate car and the starting point of the company’s proud estate car tradition. In 1944, the round-backed little PV444 was showed for the first time. It was the car that would transform Volvo from being a small-scale Swedish car manufacturer into a respected player on the international car market.