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1990 960
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1985 760
1985 780
1982 340
1976 P 262 C
1977 P 244
1968 P 1800 ES
1968 P 164
1967 P 145
1960 P 1800
1958 PV 544
1956 PV 121 Amazon
1956 P1900
1947 PV 444
1937 PV 52
1935 PV 36
1927 ÖV 4

  Volvo PV 36

EngineIn-line six-cylinder
Displacement (bore* stroke)3670 cm³ (84,14 mm * 110,0 mm)
Performance59 kW (80 HP)
Drive trainFront engine with rear drive
TransmissionThree-speed, optional overdrive without freewheel
Wheelbase2.950 mm
Front suspensionDouble wishbone, coil springs
Rear suspensionRigid axle, leaf springs
Brake f/rDrums, hydraulically
Length5.000 mm
Kerb weight1660 kg + driver
Top speedApprox. 120 km/h
Purchase price8,500 Kronen
Year of manufacture1935 - 1937
Production500 limousines, 1 cabriolet

If you want to know wherefrom the byname 'Carioca' originated, then look at the first video below with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film 'Flying Down to Rio' from the year 1933. The relationship with Brazil was important for Volvo, because one had started to export there in the same year.

Der Schwung von Astaire und Rogers soll gedanklich auf den neuen Wagen more thantragen werden. An strömungsgünstigen Fahrzeugen arattet man zu der Zeit schon lange, aber die Kühnheit, sie in Serie zu bringen, die haben nur wenige. Ivan Örnberg ist von Hupmobile zu Volvo gewechselt. Ihm wird der PV 36 als Kopie des Chrysler Airflow (Bild 1 unten) vorgeworfen, aber die Ähnlichkeit zum Hupmobile 527-T Aerodynamic (Video 2 unten) von 1934 ist viel größer.

The swing of Astaire and Rogers should be transferred imaginary to the new car. One was working on streamlined vehicles already a long time, but the boldness to bring them into series, only few had. Ivan Örnberg had changed from Hupmobile to Volvo. He was accused, that the PV 36 was a copy of the Chrysler Airflow (Picture 1 below), but the similarity to the Hupmobile 527-T Aerodynamic (Video 2 below) of 1934 was much larger.

Actually, you would have to assign this Airflow DeSoto, because the six-cylinder was built there and the Chrysler with eight-cylinder engine was significantly larger. The PV 36 turned out to be very expensive, e.g., it costed 1,000 Kronen more than the DeSoto. Basically, however, both sold bad, the larger, appearing more stretched Chrysler body a little better. The Volvo differed from the two American cars by its independent front suspension.

A little of this construction is shown at this semi-restored car on picture 1. Under the body still hid a conventional frame despite aerodynamic structure, no trace of a self-supporting body. Along with the new front axle the weight increased to 1.660 kg, which now finally resulted in an acceleration, not suitable to the top speed. Picture 2 shows the stiffness of the body after a rollover.

With a herd of origin of only 500 cars, of course, everything will put in order having a chassis number. These could possibly even include the ruin of a PV 36 shown in video 3 of Essen Classics by Volvo. According to reports, there are only 25 ridable cars now. In the last video, finally, you will see the Venus Bilo, developed as a prototype of Volvo in 1933 and attributed to the telephone entrepreneur Ericsson. 08/15