Historic Volvos to be shown at Hilton Head Concours

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VOLVO PV653-9 (1933-1937)
Volvo’s first luxury car, the 1933 PV654, will make its first appearance in the U.S. | Volvo Cars

Volvo brings its first luxury sedan model, the 1933 PV654, to U.S. soil for the first time later this month when the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance in South Carolina features a display of historic and modern Volvos.

While South Carolina has endured severe flood damage this past week, the Hilton Head Concours set for October 31 to November 1 is expected to proceed as usual, according to the organizers, although travelers should watch for road closures in some parts of the state. Hilton Head Island had heavy rain but no major storm damage other than substantial beach erosion.

The 1967 Volvo 1800S driven by Roger Moore in ‘The Saint’ will be on display |Volvo

The 1933 Volvo PV654, on loan from the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden, is one of 361 built just six years after the founding of the company in 1927. It will join four other vintage Volvos on the show field, including the actual 1967 1800S sports coupe driven by Roger Moore in the popular British TV series The Saint, which was a major hit in the U.S. during the 1960s.

Other Volvos coming to the show are the automaker’s first model, the 1927 PV4, and the 1955 PV444, the first Volvo model imported to the United States. A rare 1957 Volvo Sport, one of just 67 of the fiberglass sports cars built by Volvo, will also be in the group.

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“These iconic cars illustrate Volvo’s strong design heritage and forward thinking,” said Lex Kerssemakers, president and CEO, Volvo Cars of North America. “With South Carolina the home for our first U.S. factory, the Hilton Head Island Concours is the perfect venue to share our history.”

Among the modern Volvos on display will be the new XC90 T8 Twin Engine, which represents another first, the company says: the world’s first seven-passenger plug-in hybrid SUV.

For more information about the Hilton Head Island Concours, see the concours website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.