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Swedish rodder goes back to 1927
Leif Tufvesson is no stranger to the world of hot rodding. His Company, Caresto, turned out some very stylish, minimalist modern hot rods using Volvo components, which were displayed at SEMA last year. His cars have also been displayed in the UK, notably at the Xtreme Wheels show, at Alexandra Palace, a few years back. Now, it seems, Leif has turned his attention to a 1927 Volvo, nicknamed the Jakob. Clearly inspired by Dan and Ashley Webb’s black Ford track roadster of the same vintage, which debuted a year or so ago, Leif has taken the old Volvo and given it a hot rod twist.
Whether you like it or not, there's no denying it took an awful lot of skill to create
His latest creation was recently unveiled at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden, where it was parked up alongside an original 1927 Jakob. When you look at the photos, it’s clear to see the similarities between old and new, with the curvature of the bonnet and style of radiator grille from the older car both being replicated on the newer one. For all the similarities, of course, there are also noticeable differences between the two. For instance, the Hot Rod Jakob is far smaller than the original car and designed as a two-seat, fenderless roadster.
The body of Leif’s car has been hand-formed using a hammer and English wheel, exactly as it was done in Volvo’s prototype workshop, back in the 1920s. Delve below the surface, however, and it’s clear the construction techniques don’t all relate to the 1920s. For example, there’s a thoroughly modern carbon fibre chassis, equipped with contemporary suspension and brakes, plus one-off aluminum spoked wheels (19-inch front/22-inch rear) replicating the shape and style of the wooden originals fitted to the 1927 car.
Inside, there are shaped bucket seats, upholstered in light brown hide, and a complete lack of any conventional instruments. Instead, all the required functions are incorporated in a single gauge, with the dial face changing colour and function when pressed. First, it glows red when the ignition is pressed. Depress the clutch and it turns purple, then press once more, the engine fires up and the colour changes again, this time to Volvo Blue.
There's a lot of Thom Taylor and Eddie Wimble influence in the final shape
“I really love combining old solutions with my very own ideas, creating a fine balance between high-tech and tradition that works seamlessly,” says Tufvesson. “Dusting off old parts to renovate a car to original condition is not something that appeals to me.”
That may be so, but there are classic Volvo parts in the Hot Rod Jakob, too. The steering wheel comes from a 1962 P1800, as does the gear lever gaiter and steering column, while the brake pedal and brake master cylinder derive from the 140 Series. The M90 gearbox was Volvo’s last for rear-wheel drive applications and comes from a Volvo 960. The engine, on the other hand, is a brand-new Volvo T5 unit converted to run on ethanol.