Thor’s Hammer Headlights

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  Thor’s Hammer is the nickname given to Volvo headlights since the second-generation XC90 debuted in 2015 on the SPA platform. It’s a distinctive shape that, well, looks like a hammer ;-). The headlights got the moniker Thor’s hammer because Volvo is Swedish, and modern-day Sweden was the center of the Viking Age.   In Norse mythology, Thor is […]

Cream Yellow 850 T-5R Volvos & Paint Code

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Cream Yellow 850 T-5R Facts Yellow 850 T-5R paint is Volvo paint code 607. If the product plate doesn’t have 607 on it, it’s not a yellow T-5R. Cream yellow was only used in model year 1995 for the Volvo 850 line, and only on the T-5R variant. 364 sedans imported to the United States, […]

Volvo L3314 Laplander

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The Volvo Laplander was a military vehicle built by Volvo in the 1960s and 1970s, and used by a variety of countries’ militaries. Ownership and use of these trucks eventually trickled down to civilians, and now private owners use, show and maintain Laplanders worldwide. In the early 1950s Volvo received an order to develop a new utility […]

20 Years of Polestar’s History with Volvo

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A look back at Polestar’s 20 year history With Polestar announcing their very first production vehicle – an incredible 600HP hybrid coupe – in 2017, we got to wondering. How did this once-time Volvo racing team end up as a high performance manufacturer under their own brand? Is there Polestar history? Oh yes, there is […]

History of the Volvo 5 Cylinder: Part 2

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Don’t miss History of the Volvo 5-Cylinder Engine, Part 1. The inline 5 (I5) cylinder engine has come to be a symbol of Volvo’s recent past. But did you know that manufacturers started whipping up first iterations of this quirky engine as early as the 1930s? While in the US we gave up on the […]

All Shook Up: Volvo’s 850 Wagon in the 1994 BTCC

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In 1994, Volvo shook up the touring car world by enlisting their supposedly-soccer-mom 850 wagon in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). Many laughed and drivers sneered. And even though the car didn’t win any races during those golden years of the BTCC, many of us still picture Volvo’s iconic offering when we remember that […]

History of the Volvo 5 Cylinder

Volvo’s history is intrinsically intertwined with the 5-cylinder engine. More than any other auto maker (besides maybe Audi), Volvo’s name has become almost synonymous with this rather idiosyncratic engine over the last 30 years. At the time, it was a perfect compromise between the 6-cylinder’s power and the 4-cylinders size and efficiency. Of course, time […]

Some P80s Are Exempt from Emissions Testing

Emissions testing: required for all Volvos made after the last ice age, right? Not for some 1993-2000 FWD/AWD Volvos. Volvo’s emission standards were too high on the P80 Volvos. Yes, too high. SonicAdventure: I have a 98 non turbo V70. Build date is 5/97. When I called the local Volvo dealer they said that my VIN […]

The Coolest Volvos We Never Got in North America

Over the years, Volvo has proven to be a popular automaker among Americans. The Swedish company’s unique Scandinavian designs, reputation for reliability, and legendary safety have combined to ensure a rich history in the United States. We’ve been lucky enough to have been a sales priority for Volvo, and have had the option of purchases […]

28 Years and 460k Miles – Joe’s 1986 Volvo 240DL

Not Joe’s Volvo – a similar 240 for illustration purposes A funny thing happens when you screw up an email newsletter. People write back, angry. Angry people write angry things back to you. But some correspondence turns interesting. This is one from ex-MVS member Joe, who put almost a half-million miles on his 1986 Volvo […]