Volvo Classic Cars List: the history of the brand and its iconic models

One of the world’s most iconic automotive brands, Volvo’s history dates back to its humble beginnings in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1927. Founded as a subsidiary of Svenska Kullagerfabriken (SKF), Volvo was conceived with a unique vision of creating cars that would withstand the challenges of the Swedish climate and terrain, while offering unparalleled safety and durability.

With Assar Gabrielsson as CEO and Gustav Larson as CTO, Volvo embarked on a path of innovation and excellence from its earliest days. Although the name “Volvo” was registered by SKF in 1915 to designate a series of ball bearings, it was not until 1927 that the brand was used again to name both the vehicles and the company.

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The first Volvo car to roll off the assembly line on April 14, 1927 was the Volvo ÖV 4, marking the beginning of a tradition of quality and reliability. Designed with meticulous attention to detail, the ÖV 4 offered an enclosed soft top and cabriolet, adapted to the demanding weather conditions and rugged terrain of Sweden.

Volvo’s initial success paved the way for a series of iconic models that would become true classics in the automotive industry. As Volvo gained recognition and prestige, the company was constantly committed to improving the safety of its vehicles, setting new standards in occupant protection and leading the development of revolutionary technologies.

From the PV444, launched in 1944 and known for its sleek and efficient design, to the legendary P1800, immortalized by its appearance in the television series “The Saint,” Volvo’s classic vehicles have captivated car lovers with their distinctive styling and exceptional performance. Volvo’s classic model lineup encompasses a wide range of body styles, including sedans, coupes, convertibles and station wagons, each with its own distinctive personality and charm.

Today, Volvo’s legacy in classic car manufacturing lives on, a testament to the brand’s ability to adapt to change and stay relevant over time. Classic Volvo models continue to be coveted by collectors and enthusiasts around the world, with their unique combination of elegant design, solid engineering and class-leading safety.

In this comprehensive list of classic Volvo vehicles, we’ll explore the brand’s rich history, from pioneering models to timeless gems that have left an indelible mark on the automotive industry. We’ll discover the design evolution, technological innovations and milestones that have made Volvo synonymous with quality and reliability.

List of all classic Volvo vehicles

  1. ÖV4 (1927-1929)
  2. PV4 (1927-1929)
  3. PV651 (1929-1933)
  4. TR671-9 (1930-1935)
  5. PV653-9 (1933-1937)
  6. TR701-4 (1935-1937)
  7. PV36 CARIOCA (1935-1938)
  8. PV51-7 (1936-1945)
  9. PV801-10 (1938-1947)
  10. PV60-1 (1946-1950)
  11. PV444 (1946-1958)
  12. PV831-4 (1950-1958)
  13. PV445/PV445 DUETT (1949-1960)
  14. CARAVAN/TRAILER (1957)
  15. SPORT P1900 (1956-1957)
  16. PV544 (1958-1965)
  17. P1200/P120 AMAZON (1956-1967)
  18. P210 DUETT (1960-1969)
  19. P130 AMAZON 2-D (1961-1970)
  20. P1800/1800 (1961-1972)
  21. P220 AMAZON ESTATE (1962-1969)
  22. 144 (1966-1974)
  23. 142 (1967-1974)
  24. 145 (1967-1974)
  25. 164 (1968-1975)
  26. 1800ES (1971-1973)
  27. 242 (1974-1984)
  28. 244 (1974-1993)
  29. 245 (1974-1993)
  30. 262 (1975-1977)
  31. 262C (1977-1981)
  32. 264 (1975-1982)
  33. 265 (1975-1985)
  34. 240 (1983-1993)
  35. 260 (1983-1985)
  36. 66 (1975-1980)
  37. 343 (1976-1990)
  38. 345 (1979-1991)
  39. 360 tres puertas (1982-1989)
  40. 360 SEDAN (1983-1989)
  41. 360 cinco puertas (1983-1989)
  42. 760 SEDAN (1982-1990)
  43. 760 ESTATE (1985-1990)
  44. 740 SEDAN (1984-1992)
  45. 740 ESTATE (1985-1992)
  46. 780 (1985-1990)
  47. 480 (1985-1995)
  48. 440 (1988-1996)
  49. 460 (1989-1996)
  50. 940 SEDAN (1990-1998)
  51. 940 ESTATE (1990-1998)
  52. 960 SEDAN (1990-1997)
  53. 960 ESTATE (1990-1997)
  54. 960/V90 ESTATE (1997-1998)
  55. 960/S90 SEDÁN (1997-1998)
  56. 850 SEDAN (1991-1996)
  57. S70 (1996-2000)
  58. 850 ESTATE (1993-1996)
  59. V70/V70XC CLASSIC (1996-2000)
  60. S40 GENERACIÓN 1 (1995-2004)
  61. V40 (1995-2004)
  62. C70 COUPE (1996-2002)
  63. C70 CABRIOLET/CONVERTIBLE (1997-2013)
  64. S40 GENERACIÓN 2 (2003-2012)
  65. V50 (2003-2012)
  66. C30 (2006-2012)