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Volvo 262C (1978 - 1981)

Last updated 11 December 2018

 
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Love-it-or-hate-it-looks, lazy V6 driving experience, better to drive than you might think
Most people who don't understand will think it's the ugliest thing on the planet, thirst and heaviness
5,622
were produced
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Introduction

Volvo and Bertone was an unlikely double act - and their first offering clearly showed that this unnatural pairing was capable of producing some very idiosyncratic products. But the 262C was a bold and interesting product that's worthy or praise, even if it was rather a long way removed from attractive.

It was certainly distinctive, and the lowered black-vinyl clad roof with swept-back and chunky rear pillars plonked on top of a 260 lower body gave this 'personal' coupe intended for the American market, a distinctly tank-like appearance. But under that lowered roof, it was just as luxurious as any other Volvo 260 - as that meant over-stuffed leather seats, electric windows and air conditioning.

Engines were the same as the standard 260's; thus a 140bhp 2664cc V6 at first, followed by a 155bhp 2849cc V6 towards the end of production. Definitely an acquired taste, and as a consequence, still agreeably cheap to buy.

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