Volvo Cars Heritage was the proud exhibitor of the rustiest and most unshiny piece of machinery that was displayed among the thousands of classic cars at the world's biggest show for historic vehicles, the Techno Classica in Essen, Germany. This was rewarded with a nice big trophy which goes straight into the collection of Volvo Cars Heritage awards.
Celebrating the Volvo PV36 'Carioca's' 75th anniversary, three cars representing the model was displayed at the stand this year.
The lowest chassis number belonged to a wreck that has worked as a tractor in a peat bog for most of its life and it was displayed 'as found', complete with a piece of Swedish vegetation growing through it.
The second car is halfway on its journey to be brought to a new life and was displayed with a 'mechanic' in overalls and Swedish clogs working under it with welding equipment, spanners and wrench.
The third car is also the youngest of the three. It a perfect example of a very fine restoration of a low-mileage car which is probably also one of the best PV36s in the world. It runs beautifully and it's a dream to drive.
The three very unusual Volvo's attracted a lot of attention and became a favorite object for many cameras and caused smiles and laughter all the time. Running simultaneously on a big 62" screen was a photo cavalcade of 'Cariocas', accompanied by a swinging version of 'Carioca', recorded by Artie Shaw and his orchestra in 1936.
During the opening days, April 7 – 11, 173.000 people from all over Europe visited the twelve (!) halls and open spaces of this gigantic show. Many cars changed hands, and so did accessories, spare parts, literature and all sorts of automobilia. No signs of the bad economic times anywhere. But it is a well known fact that nice old cars make people happy!