Popular among first-time drivers and mothers on the school run, Volvo has long been a favourite among motorists.
And while the Swedish brand may have a holding with the average driver, few would consider it a thrill-seeker’s choice, much less the manufacturer of Britain’s fastest car.
But that is exactly how daredevil Guy Martin has described his speedy run-around, after modifying a 1967 Vox Volvo estate to make what he claims to be the fastest car in the country.
The 1967 Volvo Amazon was modified by Swedish supercar engineers to reach speeds of more than 200mph
The 45-year-old car was adapted in Sweden to include a 788 horsepower engine and specialised gearbox
Bought in 2012, the car has been adapted by supercar engineers who installed a 2.8-litre turbo charged engine and six-speed gearbox.
With a 788 horsepower engine, it can reach 60mph in three seconds and has thrown dust on the bonnets of some of the world’s flashiest vehicles.
‘I reckon it is about the fastest car in Britain – quicker than any Ferrari, Porsche or even Bugatti,’ wrote Mr Martin in a recent column for the Sunday Times.