World’s Best Volvo Has a Snarling, 620 HP V10 Heart

620 HP V10 Volvo

Despite all the recent advances in emissions-scrubbing technology and more fuel-efficient engines, keeping an old car on the road longer is still the best way to make the most out of the carbon emissions and energy that went into producing it. The car you see here takes that idea – the core of our Recycled Hawtness series – to another level by combining a number of parts from several wrecked cars into one. And that one just may be the world’s best Volvo.

What makes this particular Volvo the best example of the breed isn’t the fact that it’s built on the bones of a 1967 Volvo Amazon coupe (although, that helps). Instead, what makes this Volvo is … well, it’s a bit intangible.

It’s partly the box flares over the wheels, partly the clean interior, partly the screaming, BMW-derived V10 engine, and partly the quick-shifting Nissan transmission. The whole Volvo, then, is more of a study in “je ne sais quoi” and “wholes that are greater than the sums of their parts”, you know?

As for tech, this home-built ’67 Amazon uses a modified Samsung Galaxy as its dash, and it doubles as the interface for the advanced engine control hardware (shown). In that sense, the new Volvos – like the upcoming, Apple CarPlay-having 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV – ain’t got nothing on this.

In that sense, and many, many others.

What do you guys think? Is this raucous, Volvo “super” Amazon street beast the greatest Volvo ever built, or just the best ’67 Volvo Amazon? Let us know what you love, or what you’d do different, in the comments at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!


V10-Powered Volvo Coupe

Source | Photos: SpeedHunters, via

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.