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1978-1981 VOLVO 262C specifications


The 262C was a wildcard in the Volvo pack, an attempt to build a luxury coupé. Certainly it was distinctive, although the lowered black-vinyl clad roof with swept-back and chunky rear pillars plonked on top of a 260 lower body gave a distinctly tank-like appearance. However, the sumptuous leather-bound interior certainly pampered any occupants. Engines were the same as the standard 260s; thus a 140bhp 2664cc V6 at first, followed by a 155bhp 2849cc V6 towards the end of production. Definitely mean and moody but not all that magnificent, although Volvo aficionados adore them.

Production

  • Production:
    5622
  • Price at launch:
    £13,000
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,500
  • Price (good):
    £2,750
  • Price (average):
    £1,400
  • Price (project):
    £600

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    11.1secs
  • Top speed:
    109.0mph
  • Power:
    148.0bhp
  • Torque:
    161.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    21.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V6
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    electronic fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, trailing arms, coil spring
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4879mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2640mm
  • Width:
    1707mm
  • Height:
    1360mm
  • Weight:
    1450kgs

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