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Sweden – Forty years ago, Volvo changed perceptions of what its brand stood for. The Volvo 262 Coupé (262C) left no-one unmoved and sold significantly better than expected, despite costing more than twice as much as the basic model in the 200 series.

The original Volvo 264 sedan was presented in 1974, and two years later it was time for Volvo’s first six-cylinder estate: the 265. But that was far from the end of it – at the Geneva Motor Show of March 1977, perhaps the most unexpected model derivative saw the light of day: a two-door coupé with heavily slanted windscreen pillars and its roof lowered by 60 mm.

To perceive the car to be sleeker, the rear spare wheel pods were removed – the remainder of the body was identical to the 264.

What really turned the Volvo 262C into the iconic coupé it became could be found in the passenger compartment, where extravagant leather and hardwood abounded. The seats, headrests, door sides and even the curve handles were upholstered in leather.

5 things you should know about the Volvo 262C:

1 The 262C was not the first two-door model in the 260 series. From 1976-77, 3 329 262 GL models were manufactured exclusively for the North American market. They had a standard two-door body like the 242 but with a V6 engine and the far more exclusive front end from the 260 series.
2 The 262C is the only Volvo ever to have been be delivered from the factory with vinyl over a steel roof.
3 The unique prototype built by Coggiola is now part of the Volvo Museum collection in Gothenburg.
4 The independent firm Solaire built a cabriolet edition of the 262C on behalf of Volvo Cars of North America. Only five units were ever produced.
5 Volvo’s then-CEO Pehr G Gyllenhammar had a specially-made 262C as his company car. It was painted red and its entire interior was also red – even the headrests. It did not feature the usual V6 engine, which had been replaced by the four-cylinder B21ET turbo engine. The body frames and grille were in matt black, which heralded the high black grill that the GLT and Turbo would feature in 1984.

Please note that this vehicle has mileage limits of 100 km per day.

Price from36000 ISK

  • Automatic
  • 5 Passengers
  • 2 doors
  • Petrol

Volvo 262GL 1984