Volvo began making estate cars in the Fifties with the Duett and the Sixties it produced the Amazon shooting break, although, for most of us, the subsequent boxy 145 and 245 estates are the quintessence of these strangely-endearing Swedish utilities. My Dad had one, a 245 estate, delivered brand new from Rudd’s of Southampton and resplendent in that sandy beige popular in the early Seventies. Not sexy, but reliable and safe, our Volvo stayed in the family for many years, becoming more like a friend than a mechanical conveyance.
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