Spotted In China: First Generation Volvo C70 Coupe

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An ultra sleek Volvo C70 Coupe, Spotted in China on a car market in east Beijing. The Swedish sportscar was in very good shape with a clean body and interior, completely original, and without any rust or rot in sight. I found her at a small repair shop specialized in maintaining older Volvo’s.

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The interior is original bar for the infotainment system which is a Chinese after-market unit, replacing the radio-CD system.

The first generation C70 was made from 1996 until 2002 with a small facelift in 1999. This Beijing car is a pre-facelift example. The C70 was available with a long list of engines. The least powerful was a 170hp 2.5 and the most powerful the 250hp 2.3 turbo ‘T5’. Our pretty wine red car has a 190hp 2.4 under the bonnet.

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Still looking brilliant from behind. The first generation C70 wasn’t officially sold in China but some arrived via diplomatic channels or the gray market.


The C70 badge with a Chinese flag badge.


This car was probably some sort of special edition to celebrate Volvo’s sponsorship of the Volvo Ocean Race, a world-around sailing fest.


The shop also had two beautiful first generation S80’s under work. A white pre-facelift S80 T6 (twin-turbo 2.9 liter V6 with 270hp!) with black license plate, and a blue post-facelift S80 2.9 (the turbo-less variant of the T6 engine).


Let this Volvo out!


A few shops further I found this great black post-facelift 2.9, with black license plates.

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