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Volvo cars: books - history and technology

A book on Volvo? Explore here our selection of illustrated books on the history, models and technology of Volvo passenger cars.

Volvo - Model by Model

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"Volvo Model by Model" extends an invitation to both Volvo enthusiasts and those with a broader motoring interest, offering an immersive journey through the evolution of Volvo's landmark cars.
From the early side-valve ÖV4 to the contemporary electric C40, and iconic models like the 240, XC90, and 850, the book captures the essence of each vehicle from the driver's perspective. Delving into Volvo's marketing evolution, from safety-oriented strategies to embracing sportiness, the narrative incorporates insights from contemporary road tests.

Fasten your Volvo-patented three-point safety belt for a comprehensive exploration. In the 2020s, Volvo experiences a resurgence, achieving mainstream desirability with record sales for six consecutive years. "Volvo Model by Model" not only examines the cars but also delves into the cultural impact of Volvo, showcasing its unique role in encapsulating Swedish identity.
From surviving challenges like the open-topped ÖV4 to navigating a failed marriage with Ford, the book portrays Volvo's resilience and its current expression of Scandinavian style under the ownership of Geely in China. Voted the best-designed range of cars by British motorists, Volvo stands as a distinct and influential force in the automotive landscape.

Author:Martin Tilbrook
Specs:160 pages, 28.5 x 22.5 x 2.2 cm / 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.87 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2023)
EAN:9780719842115
Book: Volvo - Model by Model

Volvo - Model by Model

Language: English

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Volvo Cars 1945-1995 - A Pictorial History

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"Volvo Cars 1945-1995: A Pictorial History" offers a detailed overview of Volvo models manufactured during this period, featuring a wealth of photographs, line drawings, and color period images.
From saloons to sports variations, limited editions to estates and coupés, the book covers all models comprehensively. It also includes sections on motorsport accomplishments and the appearance of Volvo cars in TV shows and movies.

This publication serves as a valuable resource for comparing specific models and provides insight into authenticity. Key highlights include a brief history of each model, detailing production changes, annotated illustrations, and comprehensive technical specifications such as dimensions, weights, engines, and performance metrics.
Additionally, the book explores Volvo's military applications and its advertising campaigns throughout the years. With interior and exterior diagrams and a focus on media appearances, it offers a comprehensive look at Volvo's evolution over five decades.

Models covered:
- PV444 & PV544, Amazon, P1800, 140 & 160 series
- Early Dutch Volvos: 66 & 340 series
- 240 & 260 series, 740, 760 & 780 series
- Later Dutch Volvos: 440, 460 & 480 series
- 940 & 960 series, 850 & T-5R series
- Commercial & Military vehicles.

Author:Trevor Alder
Specs:112 pages, 21 x 15 x 1.1 cm / 8.25 x 5.9 x 0.43 in, paperback
Illustrations:15 b&w and 184 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2024)
EAN:9781845846138
Book: Volvo Cars 1945-1995 - A Pictorial History

Volvo Cars 1945-1995 - A Pictorial History

Language: English

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Volvo - Buckelvolvo, Schneewittchensarg & Co.

Das schwedische Unternehmen Volvo ist ein alter Hase im Autogeschäft; mit dem ÖV4 "Jakob" und PV4 stellten sie bereits 1927 ihre ersten Personenwagen her. Doch erst nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg gelang den Göteborgern mit ihrem "Buckelvolvo" PV444 der internationale Durchbruch.

Angefangen vom ÖV4 und PV4 über den in Deutschland bekannten Sportkombi P1800ES, auch bekannt als "Schneewittchensarg", bis zu den neuen S90 und V90 hat Volvo-Enthusiast Notker Hilbrenner die Geschichte aller Volvo-Pkw-Modelle zusammengetragen, die seit 1927 vom Band gelaufen sind.

Author:Notker Hilbrenner
Specs:176 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:160 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2020)
EAN:9783613042681
Book: Volvo - Buckelvolvo, Schneewittchensarg & Co.

Volvo - Buckelvolvo, Schneewittchensarg & Co.

Language: German

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Volvo - Tous les modèles depuis 1927

Depuis sa création en 1927, Volvo est synonyme de sécurité, de praticité et de solidité. Récemment, son image de marque a beaucoup évolué : sans négliger ses valeurs fondatrices, Volvo se définit aujourd'hui essentiellement autour du design.
La marque a rajeuni, la V40 visant une nouvelle typologie de clients. Les autres modèles de la gamme, dont les ancêtres furent lancés dans les années 1960, 1970 et 1980, ont été entièrement renouvelés. Quasiment toute la gamme Volvo a moins de trois ans. En milieu d'année 2013, les premiers moteurs de nouvelle génération sont entrés en service et vont permettre à la marque de Göteborg d'affronter le futur avec sérénité.

Ce livre, écrit en relation avec les équipes de Volvo Allemagne, donne une vision complète de l'histoire de la marque, tout en abordant les modèles actuels tout en donnant un large aperçu des années à venir, décisives pour la marque, qui a dévoilé une audacieuse stratégie de plates-formes et de nouvelles usines en Chine.
Amateurs d'oldtimer et de youngtimer venues du froid, vous ne serez pas déçus ! Les modèles iconiques de Volvo, que ce soit les PV444, Amazon, P1800, mais aussi les140/240, ont chacun droit à un chapitre complet.
La sécurité est aussi, naturellement, à l'honneur, tout comme la Chine. Il ne faut pas oublier que Volvo est, depuis 2010, dans le giron du groupe Geely. Cette seconde édition, entièrement revue et actualisée, est augmentée d'une plongée dans l'univers de la Volvo Ocean Race.

Author:Boris Schmidt, Stefan Thiele
Specs:176 pages, 29 x 24 cm / 11.4 x 9 in, hardback
Illustrations:150 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2014)
EAN:9791028300197
Book: Volvo - Tous les modèles depuis 1927

Volvo - Tous les modèles depuis 1927

Language: French

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Saab & Volvo - Klassiker aus Skandinavien (Schrader Motor Chronik)

Saab und Volvo, die beiden grossen schwedischen Automobilhersteller, bauten stets Autos für Individualisten und Querdenker. Das machte die wirtschaftliche Situation für beide nicht immer leicht.
Doch ungeachtet der über Jahrzehnte währenden wirtschaftlichen Berg- und Talfahrten: Beide schufen Automobil-Legenden und baute eigenwillige, grossartige und imageträchtige Autos, für die sich herrlich werben liess - wie dieser wunderbare Band der Reihe Schrader Motor Chronik beweist. Ein echtes Schmuckstück, nicht nur für Skandinavien-Fans.

Pages of the book [SMC] Saab & Volvo - Klassiker aus Skandinavien (1)

Author:Halwart Schrader
Specs:188 pages, 16 x 17 cm / 6.3 x 6.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:295 b&w and 24 colour photographs, 50 drawings
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2011)
Series:Schrader Motor Chronik
EAN:9783613033443
Book: Saab & Volvo - Klassiker aus Skandinavien (Schrader Motor Chronik)

Saab & Volvo - Klassiker aus Skandinavien

Language: German

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Volvo PV444 & PV544 (1945-1965) - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the Volvo PV444 and PV544 models from the years 1945-1965. Describes the Volvo PV444, K, L, California, PV544, Sport and Special the Luxe.

  • The 44 articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Specs:136 pages, 27 x 20 x 0.9 cm / 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2001)
EAN:9781855205826
Book: Volvo PV444 & PV544 (1945-1965) - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

Volvo PV444 & PV544 (1945-1965)

Language: English

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The Volvo Estate : Design Icon & Faithful Companion

At last, a dedicated publication that explains the history of the worlds most versatile station wagon, a global workhorse and comfortable family vehicle. Sweden's answer to Germany's people's car arrived some 20 years earlier, and quickly paved the way for safe and dependable vehicles.
This book chronicles the evolution of the Volvo estate car, with every model featured.

Whether you are a Volvo lover or just have a general interest in cars, this book offers an informative and interesting look into a car that has had very little media coverage, despite its vast global sales success and the affection with which it is held by so many.

This new edition has been updated with details of the latest models in 2019.

Author:Ashley Hollebone
Specs:160 pages, 20.5 x 21 x 2.1 cm / 8.1 x 8.25 x 0.83 in, paperback
Illustrations:319 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2019)
EAN:9781787116078
Book: The Volvo Estate : Design Icon & Faithful Companion

The Volvo Estate : Design Icon & Faithful Companion

Language: English

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Last update:15-06-2024