The photograph last week showed the 2012 Volvo C30, a little coupe with Swedish styling that in this case bears a turbocharged five-cylinder engine. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was that of Wayne Wilke, of Evans, who wrote:
“This two-door hatchback comes with a five-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbo engine that has 227 horsepower. Options can drive the price up to just short of $32,000.”
He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle.
Several readers guessed other makes of automobiles, but other readers correctly identifying the Volvo were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “One does not normally think of sports cars when one thinks of Volvo, yet here it is. The successor to the storied Volvo P1800S; storied because it was prominently featured in the 1960’s TV series The Saint, starring future James Bond Roger Moore.
“Originally conceived and built in England as the P1800, it strongly resembles that other storied sports car, the Aston Martin driven on screen by the original James Bond, Sean Connery. Eventually, production of the P1800 was moved to Sweden, and those cars are designated as P1800S.
“Today there is a 1966 P1800S that as of a July AP news story was only 36,000 miles away from 3 million miles total mileage! Will any C30 ever see that many miles? Probably not. Our collective attention span is somewhat challenged these days for that to happen. Did I mention that 3 million miler is a one owner?
“In a side-by-side comparison, the resemblance between the C30 and the P1800 is only skin deep. Underneath that ‘bonnet’ is a 227-250 HP (depending on your options) five-cylinder engine and a performance suspension that can run circles around that P1800 and a lot of other cars in its very limited class size.
“Luxury abounds in the C30 that even in 1966 was reserved for much more high-brow cars than even a Volvo had at the time.
“By the way, if you need any further evidence of this car’s heritage, call up a rear three-quarter view of a 1972 P1800ES and compare it to the same view of the C30. Pay particular attention to that all glass tailgate on both vehicles.
“For me, there is still the stodgy college professor image associated with owning a Volvo, although you do see a lot of soccer moms here in the Atlanta area behind the wheel. If I can locate a manual-transmission version of this car to test drive, I will probably do that and see if actually driving one can change my opinion.”
EVANS: Jerry Paul wrote: “I did not have too much time to study the picture this week, but I am going to make my guess anyway, which is a Volvo C30 coupe.”