‘Steadfast and sensible’
My taste in classics may run to more exotic and sporty classics, but even I can appreciate just how dependable and substantial these Volvos are. There’s a proper tank-like quality to them that you can’t help but admire, and the cars now have a burgeoning cult following among those who would have shunned their middle class respectability when they were new. They’re not just lumbering old beasts either because there’s actually quite a bit of power available to haul all that Scandanavian steel around. The estate especially is one of the automotive symbols of its era; unafraid to be different, tough and practical, and as much an embodiment of Sweden as ABBA, Ikea and a smörgåsbord feast. Owning one takes a lot of the hassle and worry out of old car ownership, and what they may lack in sex appeal, they make up for in being steadfast and sensible.