Well that was a quick 5 years. It seems just yesterday I was struck by the photos of the Volvo SCC concept’s hatch — it was a design callback to the 1961 Volvo P1800 hatch.
It was 2001 North American International Auto Show, Detroit. The C30 itself was unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. North American models were sold as 2007 model year cars. The US only got the ubiquitous inline-5 cylinder, while Canada and other markets saw a 4-cylinder offering as well.
I was surprised when the prototype was greenlit for production, because often anachronistic-element concept cars tend to be vanity things, headline-makers.
Anyway, the tidy 3-door hit the streets sharing engines, parts and assembly line space with other Volvo P1 cars. Problem was, not enough of them hit the streets. Blame too-high an MSRP (I do). Whatever the case, C30, we hardly knew ye.