|Volvo PV36 Carioca|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Engine||3,670 cc (3.7 L) EC I6|
|Wheelbase||2,950 mm (116.1 in)|
|Length||5,000 mm (196.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,660 kg (3,659.7 lb)|
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. 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.
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)
- "Volvo: The Swedish Individualist". Motor. Vol. 152, no. 3919. 26 November 1977. pp. 34–39.