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.
A white Volvo P1800 has been seen at high speed in the Austrian mountains. Behind the wheel was Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design, with Maximilian Missoni, Vice President Exterior Design, as co-driver.
Bonhams Auctioneers has sold a 1973 Volvo P1800ES Sport Wagon for the record sum of 92,400 USD. It was at an auction at the Greenwich Concours d´Elegance in Connecticut, USA that the Swedish classic with just 13,000 miles on the odometer was sold. “As far as we know, this is a new world record for a classic Volvo”, a representative for Bonhams said.
On 2 June 1954 the two-seater roadster, the Volvo Sport, and the company's first sports car, made its début. But a low weight and reliable Volvo technology were not enough – just 76 cars were built. Or was it 68?
It is now 20 years since Volvo marked its return to the racetrack – with an estate! The venture would lead to many successful years in the BTCC – including an overall victory in 1998. "When I signed up for Volvo and TWR around Christmas 1993, I didn't know about the estate plans," says Rickard Rydell. "If I'd known, I would probably have hesitated. It was lucky I didn't know!"
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.