The Marcos 3 Litre Volvo was a car released in December 1969 that was designed primarily for the US market. The car utilised a 3 Litre straight-six Volvo engine and auto gearbox.
The 3 Litre Volvo was a match for the performance of the 3 Litre Ford engined car, and complied with US emissions and regulations. The engine produced 145 bhp and propelled the car to a top speed of 120 mph.
Externally the car differed from the 3 Litre Ford by its single exit exhaust pipe, the removal of the central power bulge and the addition of the more obtrusive angular bulge above the twin Stromberg carburettors.
Later changes included the 3.22 Ford Capri rear axle, this improved the cruising ability of the car over the 3 Litre Ford with its lower axle ratio. Optional extras included a sunroof, supplementary cushion, a radio and a laminated screen.
In 1970 the US market failed leaving Marcos with several US specification cars. Some of these were converted into right hand drive and sold in the UK. Others were distributed throughout the world.
Production of the 3 Litre Volvo was then aimed at the UK market. The automatic gearbox was dropped in favour of the 4-speed manual transmission.
A total of 172 cars, priced at £2574, were made from 1969 to 1972.
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