Volvo PV 36 Carioca

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Volvo PV36 Carioca
Manufacturer Volvo Cars
Production 1935–1938
Body and chassis
Class Luxury car
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Engine 3,670 cc (3.7 L) EC I6
Transmission 3-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,950 mm (116.1 in)
Length 5,000 mm (196.9 in)
Curb weight 1,660 kg (3,659.7 lb)
Successor Volvo PV51

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.[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 (Swedish)


  1. ^ a b "Volvo: The Swedish Individualist". Motor. 152: nbr 3919: pages 34–39. 26 November 1977. 

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