Last Real Volvo? 2000 Volvo C70 T5

Volvo Cars as founded in 1927 on a platform of safety and the ability to survived the rugged Swedish climate and terrain, but it has really been three different organizations over the years. The first was the classic Volvo that produced a bunch of interesting rear-wheel-drive cars from 1927 through 1999, and then there was the Ford era when Volvo built cars on shared platforms with from 2000-2010, and finally there is the Geely era. But the functional realities of product development lead times mean that changes to design/platforms don’t happen until at least 5-7 years after a change in ownership, so although this car was sold in the era of Ford product design, it is probably the last of the actual Volvo designed things. So what do you make of a top-of-the-line C70 (the C70 never got an R version like the S70 and V70) coupe with a high pressure 2.3 turbo 5-banger and a manual gearbox. You’ll probably be the only one driving one in your zip code, but is that a bad thing? Or a good thing? Find this 2000 Volvo C70 T5 offered for $3000 in Richmond, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.

From the seller:

2000 volvo c70
condition: good
cylinders: 5 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 115000
paint color: red
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe

Hard to find hard top C70 with the high pressure 2.3 turbo 5 cylinder AND a manual 5 speed transmission. The previous owner only got rid of it because her arthritis made it difficult to drive the manual. It’s a grate car to drive and has been very well maintained with a service history all the way back to the window sticker. It has some problems as with most cars of its age. The heater only blows on one side of the car and the A/C on the other and the sun roof shade has been removed to repair its sagging headliner. Very mild aftermarket exhaust is installed so you can hear the distinctive sound of the 5cyl turbo. Price is 3000 obo, pink slip in hand. The tags are a little out of date but I can factor that into the price if I don’t get to them first.

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