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What's the Volvo-est Volvo Ever?

Posted November 24, 2010 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Stefan Jacoby, the chief executive of Volvo Cars, was the keynote speaker today at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show. In a question-and-answer session with journalists, he was asked what Chinese ownership would mean to the company's reputation for building safe cars. According to the New York Times, his response was, "We will not compromise on safety, quality or engineering excellence. Volvo will be even more 'Volvo' than before."

Which raises the question: What's the most 'Volvo' that Volvo has been up until now? What model best represents Volvoness to you, and why? And please, be as specific as you can. Let's see if we can't come to a consensus on this – we could be doing Mr. Jacoby a favor.

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11/19/2010 4:28 PM

I cast my vote for this orange Volvo station wagon from the 1970s. Even back then, Volvos were known as "safe cars." And nothing screams "safety" quite like a car that even a blind-drunk hunter wouldn't mistake for a deer. Plus, there was no way a kid who borrowed his parent's orange Volvo could even think about doing anything "unsafe", at least if you lived in a small-town where sensible people drove blue Buicks and such.

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11/24/2010 10:22 AM

Moose, now THAT is a handsome automobile!

It simply screams 'Chicks'. I will certainly consider a Volvo wagon for my next somewhat Quixotic 'Chick Magnet' project (after I give up on my 1988 Ford E100 Conversion Van).

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11/24/2010 9:34 PM

Forget the Volvos and Econolines. Nothing screams F -me like a Renault Fuego. And I currently seem to have the market cornered is the South Florida area.

So, how bad do you want to get lucky? Make me an offer.

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11/25/2010 8:37 AM

My first car was the "Anti Safe".

It was a very used 1967 Chevelle. Not the muscle car but the dog version. It made the Volvo look hot.,

It was a brown four door with a 250 in line six. Tough engine, but with a serious ignition issue. I had to keep a 9/16th's wrench in the car to adjust the distributor based upon the weather. Also it was quite biodegradable.

That was the best I could get for $250.00.

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11/26/2010 2:35 AM

My first car was also a 67 Chevelle. But is was the 350 horse version of the SS. $3025.

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11/26/2010 9:48 AM

Good morning bob c.

Don't know about the Fuego, but I would always consider the Chevelle... friend of mine in high school had one. Boy that was fun! I suspect a hot Chevelle, nicely appointed, could attract a lot of 'chicks'!

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11/26/2010 3:14 PM

My wife is proof that it collected at least one.

Unfortunately it was picked up as an abandoned car, even though it still had a valid plate on it(inside, on windshield where VIN # was located) Over the Labor day weekend it was cut up and the nose of it and drive train was gone. NYC said sue the authorised tow company. Tow company said sue NYC. In the end I just got crapped on.

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11/26/2010 3:25 PM

Bummer! I prefer to use older cars myself... I very much dislike this trend of crushing cars 10 years or so old. What a waste.

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11/25/2010 7:18 PM

My first Volvo a PV, was a lot of fun, especially when one of the rear coil springs would jump out of the rusted spring seat on the frame and the tire would drag in the wheel well. This required everyone to get out and rock the car until the spring popped back in place.

It had a glass jar on the fire wall that you were supposed to put oil in, this was an after market overhead oiler that fed into the intake manifold. This must have worked, because the car had 3K miles on it when I junked it-rust never sleeps.

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11/26/2010 2:31 AM

When I first starter to work in the automotive field (1968) I did road service work in a section of NYC. Volvos were supposed to be so good in the cold weather. owing to their Swedish heritage, but when we would have a cold day, we could count on half the Volvos in the area not starting. Usually flooded from too much choke. We would carry a few used spark plugs in the defroster outlet grill in the service truck. If 24 volts would not start it, we would change 2 plugs and it would start up. Take removed plugs and put in defroster vent for the next Volvo.

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11/26/2010 8:57 AM

The older Volvo's (with the SU carbs) had an enrichment jet instead of a choke plate, it worked real good and could be called an engorgement jet if over-applied.

This system was designed for sub-zero conditions (FYAO).

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