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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ever wonder what your 850 or 960 cost at the dealer in the 1990s? Here’s the Volvo price list for 1997… contents of a fantastic old Volvo Web page. ROCKLEIGH, NJ–Volvo is optimistic about sales volumes for the last half of 1996. And no wonder. By the end of June 850 sales were up 16% […]
The Volvo BTCC wagons from the ’90s are some of the more memorable cars out of the last few decades of racing. Thought I’d link to a pretty basic article on it just posted to one of my favorite sites, Speedhunters. It’s nothing new, but it’s nice to see the car in the spotlight.