Volvo GTZ

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Volvo GTZ
GTZ front end
Manufacturer Volvo Cars
Also calledVolvo 2000 GTZ
1 built
Designer Zagato
Body and chassis
Class Concept car
Body style 2-door coupe (2+2)
Layout FR layout
Related Volvo 140 Series
Engine 2.0 L B20 I4

The Volvo GTZ and GTZ 3000 are Swedish concept cars built for Volvo. Both were designed by Zagato, with the GTZ debuting at the 1969 Turin Auto Show on the Zagato stand and the GTZ 3000 debuting the following year at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. [1]

Volvo Cars automotive brand manufacturing subsidiary of Geely

Volvo Cars, stylized as VOLVO, is a Swedish luxury vehicles company. It is headquartered on Torslanda in Gothenburg, and is a subsidiary of the Chinese automotive company Geely. The company manufactures and markets sport utility vehicles (SUVs), station wagons, sedans and compact executive sedans. The Volvo Group was founded in 1927 as a subsidiary of the ball bearing manufacturer SKF. When AB Volvo was introduced on the Stockholm stock exchange in 1935, SKF sold most of its shares in the company. Its cars are marketed as being safe, solidly built, and reliable.

Zagato Italian design and development firm based in the outskirts of Milan

Zagato is an independent coachbuilding company and total design centre located northwest of Milan in the Terrazzano frazione of Rho, Lombardy, Italy. The company's premises occupy an area of 23,000 square metres, of which 11,000 square metres are covered.



Motauto, the Italian importer for Volvo, commissioned the design for the GTZ in 1969 from Italian design house Zagato. Motauto had previously tried to influence Volvo to add another sports car offering to their lineup alongside the P1800, having already debuted an updated design by Carrozzeria Fissore for that car at the 1965 Turin Auto Show, as sports cars were very popular at that time in Italy. Volvo had, however, refused saying that they wanted to put more resources into the family cars they were known for and that the P1800 was selling well already so there was no need to update or replace it. [2] The GTZ concept did find a private buyer at the Turin show but Volvo said they were not interested in producing it but hinted that they may be if the car were to be fitted with a different engine. [3] The current whereabouts of the GTZ are unclear. [4]

Volvo P1800 car model

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The GTZ is based on the underpinnings from the 140 Series, using an evolved version of that car's 2.0L B20 I4 engine with two double-barrel Solex carburetors.

Volvo 140 Series car model

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Volvo GTZ 3000
Manufacturer Volvo Cars
1 built
Designer Zagato
Body and chassis
Class Concept car
Body style 2-door coupe (2+2)
Layout FR layout
Related Volvo 164
Engine 3.0L B30 straight-6

GTZ 3000

The GTZ 3000 was introduced at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show as a refined version of the original GTZ concept. The GTZ 3000 was now based on the Volvo 164, powered by a 3.0 L B30 I6 engine. The engine produces 190 hp (142 kW) and could propel the concept to a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). The design for the GTZ 3000 was made using a wind tunnel for better aerodynamics, and was shorter, wider and lower than the 164, as well as 300 lb (136 kg) lighter. The design also featured pop up headlight panels similar to those used on the Alfa Romeo Montreal. [2] The concept was received well at the Geneva show but Volvo decided not to move forward with production and after that Motauto stopped proposing new Volvo sports cars. Like the previous concept, the GTZ 3000 did find a private buyer at the Geneva show who drove it regularly in Italy, and today the car is known to still exist and as of 2008 was awaiting restoration in Sweden.

Volvo 164 car model

The Volvo 164 is a 4-door, 6-cylinder luxury sedan unveiled by Volvo at the Paris Motor Show early in October 1968 and first sold as a 1969 model. 46,008 164s were built before the car was succeeded by the 264 in 1975. The 164 was Volvo's first venture into the luxury segment since the end of PV 60 production in 1950, and was the first six-cylinder Volvo since the PV800 last produced in 1958.

Volvo B30 engine internal combustion engine

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