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Volvo Hot Rod Jakob was unveiled in February 2008 at the Volvo
Museum in Göteborg, Sweden.
The Hot Rod Jakob is a modern interpretation of the very first
series-produced Volvo car. The model was called the ÖV4
(the Swedish abbreviation for Open Car, 4 cylinders), but
it soon gained a new pet-name - Jakob.
2005-2006: In Leif Tufvesson's workshop in the rural south
of Sweden, work commenced on the car. After documenting the
original Jakob in detail, his company, Caresto, started building
a car that developed into Hot Rod Jakob.
"Volvo has always been a special make for me. These were
the cars I learned my skills on in my youth, and I also worked
for a while at Volvo's concept-car department. So instead
of obtaining inspiration from an old Ford, as is usually the
case in Hot Rod circles, I wanted to build something that
meant more to me personally. That's why I chose to bring together
the most classic attributes of Volvo, the Jakob, and my own
modern Hot Rod style," explains Leif Tufvesson.
Parked side by side, the similarities between old and new
are remarkable. The curvature of the bonnet has exactly the
same radius. The characteristic windscreen attachment pillar
that runs down the body side follows the original in detail
as regards dimensions, materials and the number of screws
used. Equally identical is the radiator grille with its characteristic
mesh pattern and diagonal bar that incorporates the classic
iron symbol. The body has been built by hand from raw aluminium
panels that were bent into their final shape using a hammer
and English wheel. Exactly as it was done in the prototype
workshop back in the 1920s.
said, however, the differences are naturally also obvious.
Hot Rod Jakob is far smaller than the original. It is a two-seater
instead of offering space for four. And it has those typical
Hot Rod attributes: large wheels, no wings and a muscular
rear axle. And if you get a bit closer it is possible to see
differences in terms of materials and details. The chassis
is built of lightweight carbon
fibre, just like today's most advanced racing cars, not
from heavy steel beams as in bygone times. The brake discs
are remarkably slim, but their huge diameter (450 mm front,
515 mm rear) guarantee that the braking surface is still going
to be more than sufficient. The wheel spokes are made of aluminium
instead of wood, but they are exactly the same in number.
Power for the 2008 Hot Rod Jakob comes from a Volvo T5 engine.
This unit develops 265 horsepower and 370 Nm or torque.
Similar and related vehicles:
2006 Volvo T6 Roadster Hot Rod
2007 Volvo C70 Caresto