Ingvar Carlsson (rally driver)

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Ingvar Carlsson
Carlsson pictured in 1995
Personal information
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Born (1947-04-02)April 2, 1947
Died October 28, 2009(2009-10-28) (aged 62)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1974 – 1991
Teams Datsun, Fiat, BMW, Mercedes, Mazda
Rallies 42
Championships 0
Rally wins 2
Podiums 4
Stage wins 56
Total points 125
First rally 1974 Rally de Portugal
First win 1989 Swedish Rally
Last rally 1991 Rally Australia

Ingvar Carlsson (2 April 1947 – 28 October 2009) was a Swedish rally driver, who won two World Rally Championship events in 1989.


Carlsson, who was born in Örebro, began his rallying career in the late 1960s, competing in national rallies in a Volvo PV544. Carlsson's first World Rally Championship (WRC) event came in 1974, when he drove a works Datsun 260Z on Rally de Portugal.[1] He then drove for Fiat in an Abarth 124 on that year's RAC Rally and the 1975 Swedish Rally, where he finished fifth, ahead of teammate Markku Alen. He then spent many years driving for BMW, although he also drove for Mercedes in 1980. In 1984 he joined Mazda, initially playing a key role in developing the rear-wheel drive Group B RX-7.[2] In 1987 Mazda introduced the Group A 323 4WD. Carlsson took his first WRC victory on the opening round of the 1989 season in Sweden, and also went on to win Rally New Zealand later in the year. At the end of 1991 Mazda pulled the plug on its rally programme and Carlsson retired from the WRC.


Carlsson died on 28 October 2009, aged 62.

WRC Victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Sweden 39th Swedish Rally 1989 Per Carlsson Mazda 323 4WD
2 New Zealand 19th Rally New Zealand 1989 Per Carlsson Mazda 323 4WD


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