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Founded by Assar Gabrielsson and Gustav Larson with the intention of building vehicles better able to handle the harsh Scandinavian climate. Both came from SKF bearings, this company funding the first production of 1000 cars in 1927. The P120 Amazon established its enviable global reputation for quality and safety.

Also see: Volvo History
Volvo PV444  

Volvo PV444

1947 - 1965
While the PV444 was easy for anyone to drive, the skilled motorist got, in addition to high performance, great satisfaction for the way in which that prowess was achieved. No doubt a model for the Volvo enthusiasts only, don't be too quick to dismiss the car should you chance across it at a motor show. In their day, they offered almost unrivaled quality and much better than average performance. More >>
Volvo 120 Series  

Volvo 120 Series

1956 - 1970
Perhaps the most famous and recognisable Volvo is the 120, with its classic American styling (imitating the bull nosed look of Chryslers from the 50's). The car quickly gained a reputation for reliability and durability with its resistance to rust - due mainly to the high quality steel used in the construction. More >>
Volvo P1800  

Volvo P1800

1960 - 1973
More respectable than 'sporting', the high-waisted P1800 has today become a very collectable car. A top speed on 160 km/h can be achieved, thanks primarily to the overdrive gearbox rather than the 4 cylinder motor. The status of the car was undoubtedely enhanced by its appearance in the weekly television series "The Saint", then driven by the shows star Roger Moore, who also owned one in real life. More >>
Volvo 200 Series  

Volvo 200 Series

1960 - 1973
Volvo was to release the venerable 200 series in 1974, and such was the popularity of the car that it would enjoy an amazing production run of nearly 20 years. The replacement was supposed to be the 700 series, released in 1982, however such was the popularity of the “boxy but safe” 200 series that Volvo were reluctant to cease production. A good thing too, with both the 200 and 700 series being sold side-by-side for the next 10 years. The 700 series was replaced by the 900 series in 1992, however the 200 hung in for another year, finally disappearing from the showroom in 1993. More >>
Volvo 244 DL  

Volvo 244 DL

1976 - 1985
Today we all understand the difference between active and passive safety, but in the late 1970’s there were in actuality only a few car manufacturers putting it into practice. Volvo were one such company, aiming to build cars that the driver could control in most emergency situations, rather than the car controlling the driver. More >>
Volvo 245 GL  

Volvo 245 GL

1976 - 1985
By the time the Volvo 245 GL arrived on Australian shores, the marque had built a stellar reputation for building robust, reliable, safe but boxy cars. It seemed every year the same formula was applied, with just the occasional cosmetic update to set it apart from last year's model. Although a large number were purchased by well off middleclass retirees, in reality the Swedish vehicles had plenty to offer the motorist with a more modest budget. More >>
Volvo 264 GLE  

Volvo 264 GLE

1976 - 1985
Although the 264 GLE retained all the traditional Volvo safety features, and incorporated some new ones, its unmistakable all-round class enabled it to avoid the tag of being a dull  “security cell” – leastwise it was boxy, safe and good looking. Problems of overpricing did not apply as much to the GLE as other models down the range, its excellent finish and lavish standard equipment making it, by anybody's standard, a luxury car. More >>
Volvo 265 GLE  

Volvo 265 GLE

1976 - 1985
Volvo’s had long been popular for their reliability and safety, yet they had also been seen as stolid and uninspired. By the time the Volvo 265 GLE arrived in Australia, it became evident to all who cared to take a slightly closer look at the Volvo that the cars coming from Gothenberg were better handling and more attractive for those who wanted something a little more exciting to drive. More >>
Volvo 262C Bertone  

Volvo 262C Bertone

1977 - 1981
Flagship of the Volvo range during the early 1980’s was the 262C Bertone-designed and assembled coupe, based on the mechanicals of the 264 GLE. The priced at over $30000, the 262C was almost twice as expensive as the sedan from which it is derived, and for the extra coin you got the most distinctive of the Volvo range, Bertone badges, and a luxurious 2 + 2 interior. Few would have known then however that the 262C Bertone would become an instant classic and is today highly prized and very collectable. More >>
Volvo 242 GT  

Volvo 242 GT

1977 - 1981
Flagship of the Volvo range during the early 1980’s was the 262C Bertone-designed and assembled coupe, based on the mechanicals of the 264 GLE. The priced at over $30000, the 262C was almost twice as expensive as the sedan from which it is derived, and for the extra coin you got the most distinctive of the Volvo range, Bertone badges, and a luxurious 2 + 2 interior. Few would have known then however that the 262C Bertone would become an instant classic and is today highly prized and very collectable. More >>
Volvo 760 GLE  

Volvo 760 GLE and Turbo

1982 - 1990
At release both the V6 and Turbo models were identically priced (at $34,500), the latter manual only iteration aimed squarely at the driving enthusiast. The new model boasted a modern profile with a low waistline and large glass areas. The car was extremely spacious and offered an exceptionally high standard of safety. More >>
Volvo 360 GLT

Volvo 360 GLT

1982 - 1991
Powered by a 2.0 liter fuel injected 85 kW engine, a raspy note from the exhaust would always remind you of the sporting aspirations of the car, although there was enough sound-proofing to ensure it never became irritating. The handling was precise, and although there was some slight understeer, it remained extremely predictable, ensuring the driver remained confident at all times. More >>
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