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Stop what you’re doing and look at these old Volvo estates

Volvo has a tremendous history in building good estates. Here are good estates

  • It’s not often we request you to down tools and pore over pictures of old estates. But few old estates look like old Volvo estates, the coolest of the bunch.

    The first ever Volvo wagon was launched way back in 1953. To date, Volvo has sold more than six million estates worldwide – a third of the company’s entire output since it was founded in 1927. Woah.

    “We have provenance in the estate segment,” explains Volvo boss Hâkan Samuelsson. “In many people’s minds we are known as the definitive estate brand.”

    Here then, is a quick hot-step through Volvo’s estate history. Which one takes your pick?

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  • Volvo Duett – 1953

    This, one of the first Volvos to be shipped to the US, was so iconic, it appeared on a Swedish postage stamp in 1997. High praise indeed. Just look at it.

  • Volvo Amazon – 1962

    Officially dubbed the ‘221’, this one got more space than its van-based predecessor. And in ‘S’ variant, featured a heady 115bhp.

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  • Volvo 1800 ES - 1971

    Reimagined in 2014 as the Volvo Concept Estate, this is the 70s Volvo most likely etched into your brain. A huge rear windscreen with handles and hinges directly fixed to the glass were standout features.

    More than 8,000 of these found homes.

  • Volvo 245 - 1974

    This one stayed in production for a whopping 20 years, and was offered with a turbo. Because boost.

  • Volvo 960 - 1990

    Introduced in 1990 and renamed ‘V90’ in 1996, this one was the last RWD wagon Volvo built as a development of the 700 series. It came with a brand new six-pot engine, too.

  • Volvo 850 T5-R - 1994

    You’ve made it this far into the gallery, and so you shall be richly rewarded: behold, the 240bhp T5-R.

    It was a limited edition, one-year only (1994) production model, wearing that yellow paintjob, much power and a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds.

    Shod in its 1994 British Touring Car Championship colours, it looked even better. Racing estates FTW.

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