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Volvo PV 36 Carioca

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Volvo PV36 Carioca
ManufacturerVolvo Cars
DesignerIvan Örnberg
Body and chassis
ClassLuxury car
Body style4-door saloon
LayoutFront-engine rear-wheel-drive
Engine3,670 cc (3.7 L) EC I6
Transmission3-speed manual
Wheelbase2,950 mm (116.1 in)
Length5,000 mm (196.9 in)
Curb weight1,660 kg (3,659.7 lb)
SuccessorVolvo PV51
Volvo PV 36 Carioca rear view

The Volvo PV 36 Carioca is a luxury car manufactured by Volvo Cars between 1935 and 1938. The word Carioca describes someone from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was also the name of a dance that was fashionable in Sweden at the time when the car was introduced.

Visually the car was styled similarly to the then strikingly modern Chrysler Airflow and Hupmobile Model J Aero-dynamic.[1] Volvo styling was heavily influenced by North American auto-design trends in the 1930s and 1940s, many of the company's senior engineers having previously worked in the US Auto-industry.[1]

The PV36 was the first Volvo to offer an independent front suspension, but the car used the same side-valve engine as the traditional Volvo cars that were still produced alongside the modern Carioca. The PV36 was an expensive car, with a price at 8,500 kronor and Volvo didn't build more than 500 cars. The last one wasn't sold until 1938.


  • Volvo Personvagnar-från 20-tal till 80-tal by Björn-Eric Lindh, 1984. ISBN 91-86442-06-6 (in Swedish)


  1. ^ a b "Volvo: The Swedish Individualist". Motor. Vol. 152, no. 3919. 26 November 1977. pp. 34–39.

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