This E36 BMW M3 disguised as a Volvo 162 pack V8 E39 M5

The custom bodywork shows impressive craftsmanship and the car even boasts a six-speed manual.

December 29, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    This E36 BMW M3 disguised as a Volvo 162 pack V8 E39 M5

When restoring replica cars, especially those based on modern vehicles, maintaining a visual likeness to the original can be challenging. No problem with this one Volvo 162 replica, which is, however, modern BMW chassis under a classic-looking body.

Although Volvo never officially produced the 162 except for a single prototype, the owner of this particular car chose a unique approach. Instead of simply cutting two doors off the 164, they decided to base it on the E36 BMW M3 and decided to go in a different and distinctive direction.

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As a result, the entire bodywork was done from scratch, and quite impressively, we might add. While the end result may not be to everyone’s taste, there’s no denying that the build was done with a great deal of craftsmanship. The vintage styling combined with the high waistline of a modern car gives it a look-alike profile David Brown Speedback GT. Unfortunately, the interior is almost all BMW, the only exception being the 162C badge on the steering wheel, but given all the work done on the exterior, we can give it a go.

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In addition to its Swedish sheetmetal, the car also has the V8 from the E39 M5. In stock form, this engine delivers 394 hp (400 hp / 294 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. That was enough to propel the larger M5 sedan from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.8 seconds, so we suspect this car could take the ride a bit faster.

Not only that, but it’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission that keeps the engagement factor high. And given that it’s based on the E36 M3, it also has the driving dynamics of one of the best cars around BMW sometimes made, so it should be a treat in the corners too.