Volvo 262C (1978 – 1981) Review

Volvo 262C (1978 – 1981) At A Glance


+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

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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