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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

In the early '70s, Volvo acquired the DAF truck company's automobile part, which already had a small vehicle into production.

It rebadge-it as a Volvo and sold it as Volvo 66.

That was the first badge-engineered product made by Volvo Cars, and it stood in production until 1980. It was an interesting little car fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) based on belts. The car's design was already finished when Volvo took-over the DAF automobile division, so it just reworked a little on the outside and sold it as a Volvo 66.

When Volvo took the production line, it cut the coupe version and kept only the 2-door sedan and the shooting brake (three-door station-wagon). Its products were slightly different than those sold under the DAF brand. It featured bigger bumpers with rubber inserts to absorb the energy in the event of an accident. Depending on the trim level, it featured single or dual headlights.

Inside, the 66 featured a simple dashboard layout in a typical Swedish minimalism style. The instrument cluster was covered by a black plastic rim and hosted a speedometer and four gauges on the left dial that showed the fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and an ammeter. The cabin was roomy enough for four mid-size passengers.

Under the hood, Daf installed a choice of two engines that sent the power to the rear wheels via a standard CVT gearbox. That's why it didn't need a tachometer.

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VOLVO 66 1975 - 1981
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.1L CVT (47 HP)
  • 1.3L CVT (57 HP)

VOLVO 66 1.1L CVT (47 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1L CVT (47 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1108 cm3
Power
35 KW @ 5000 RPM
47 HP @ 5000 RPM
47 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
55 lb-ft @ 2700 RPM
75 Nm @ 2700 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
82 mph (132 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
23.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
CVT
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.7 in (3904 mm)
Width
60.5 in (1537 mm)
Height
54.8 in (1392 mm)
Front/rear Track
51.5/48.8 in (1,308/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
88.5 in (2248 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.5 in (191 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.24 cuFT (290 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1836 lbs (833 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2645.5 lbs (1200 kg)

VOLVO 66 1.3L CVT (57 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L CVT (57 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1289 cm3
Power
42 KW @ 4520 RPM
57 HP @ 4520 RPM
56 BHP @ 4520 RPM
Torque
69 lb-ft @ 2820 RPM
94 Nm @ 2820 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
88.2 mph (142 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
18.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
CVT
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.7 in (3904 mm)
Width
60.5 in (1537 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
51.5/48.9 in (1,308/1,242 mm)
Wheelbase
88.5 in (2248 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.5 in (191 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.24 cuFT (290 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1840.9 lbs (835 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2777.8 lbs (1260 kg)
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