During the holidays I watched Smilla’s Sense of Snow & this car, a Volvo 522 SW was in it. Smilla and her boyfriend drive around Copenhagen eluding seriously evil bad guys. And what a beauty! A boyfriend of mine had the sedan in red & that car was a trooper. The movie was very good.
But I couldn’t get much beyond the car. There is just something about these old Volvo’s that speaks to me. They’re practical, utilitarian. I learned how to drive in this model, a B 122 series. And learned how to shift gears, something I’m still doing, although in traffic jams I long for an automatic transmission. Our model had a dark blue body w/ a white top. Extremely nice. These cars lived for a very long time, hundreds of thousands of miles.
This is my ultimate favorite, the P 1800 SW. I’ve never been in one, and you rarely see them anymore. Such cool design though. There is a new wagon that Volvo has had out now for a couple of years, The Volvo V30, and you can see the resemblance:
Very similar to the P1800 SW, but the price tag is absurdly high:
The sedan version of the P1800 was the car that Simon Templer drove, from the old TV show, The Saint: