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Volvo 1500 California

(1955 model)

Brief specs of 1955 Volvo 1500 California

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1414 cm3 / 86.3 cu in / 86.3 cu in, 52.2 kW / 70.0 hp / 70.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 103.0 N·m / 76.0 lb·ft / 76.0 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, rear wheel drive, 153 km/h / 95 mph / 95 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)VolvoIssued from1955
Model1500 CaliforniaIssued until
Serie1500Number made67
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerVolvoCountrySE,NL

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4216 mm / 166.0 in / 166.0 inTotal (curb) weight966 kg / 2130 lb / 2130 lb
Width1575 mm / 62.0 in / 62.0 inDry weight
Height1346 mm / 53.0 in / 53.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in / 94.5 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1295 mm / 51.0 in / 51.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1308 mm / 51.5 in / 51.5 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.76  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.80 m2 / 19.4 sq ft / 19.4 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeB14ATotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerVolvoValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore75.0 mm / 2.95 in / 2.95 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke80.0 mm / 3.15 in / 3.15 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.94
Fuel supply2 SU carbsEngine displacement1414 cm3 / 86.3 cu in / 86.3 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity353.50 cm3/cylinder / 21.572 cu in/cylinder / 21.572 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio7.8 : 1
SumpMax. output power52.2 kW / 70.0 hp / 70.0 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque103.0 N·m / 76.0 lb·ft / 76.0 lb·ft at 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)20.9 kW / 28.0 hp / 28.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output36.9 kW/l / 0.811 bhp/cu in / 0.811 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque72.8 N·m/l / 0.64 lb·ft/cu in / 0.64 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typeNumber of gears
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.55

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed153 km/h / 95 mph / 95 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio72.5 kW/ton / 54.9 bhp/ton / 54.9 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignment
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Volvo 1500 California

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