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Volvo Hot Rod news - Leif force - 2008
Top Gear likes Leif Tufvesson. Not only
because he sounds like a Viking warrior, but also because he makes mad
hot rods out of bits of old Volvo. Which is rather like making Samurai
swords out of old ladles.
This is the Hot Rod Jakob, built by
Tufvesson in the style of the first-ever series-produced Volvo, the 1927 OV4.
Although it’s a completely new design
rather than a restored model, the Jakob was constructed in exactly the same
method as the original OV4, with raw aluminium panels hammered into shape by
hand. Even the number of screws and the curvature of the bonnet are identical.
Tufvesson raided the Volvo old parts bin
for the Jakob’s components, too: the steering wheel and gear level gaiter come
from a 1962 P1800, while the brake pedal is straight off a 140 Series. Even the
paint job and interior leather are in the same style as the old OV4.
It’s not all old-school, though. Under
those classic panels lurks a carbon fibre chassis and Volvo’s 2.5-litre T5
engine, which has been converted to run solely on ethanol.
So it’s green and gorgeous. And Top Gear
wants to drive it. Top Gear likes Leif Tufvesson. Enough to buy you a big box
of doughnuts if you’re reading, Leif.