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  • Volvo 1500 California

    Volvo 1500 California -

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Key facts

1955 Volvo 1500 California information summary

What body style?
convertible/cabriolet with 2 seats
How long?
4216 mm
How heavy?
966 kg
What size engine?
1.4 litre, 1414 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
71 PS / 70 bhp / 52 kW @ 5500 rpm
How much torque?
103 Nm / 76 ft.lb / 10.5 kgm @ 3000 rpm
How fast?
153 km/h, 95 mph

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1955 Volvo 1500 California technical specifications

Introduction

The 1500 California is a rear wheel drive convertible/cabriolet automobile with a front placed engine, from Volvo.
Power is produced by an overhead valve, 1.4 litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder motor, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 70 bhp (71 PS/52 kW) at 5500 rpm and 103 N·m (76 lb·ft/10.5 kgm) at 3000 rpm respectively.
Its stated kerb weight is 966 kg.
The Volvo 1500 California is said to be able to manage a top speed of 153 km/h (95 mph).
1955 Volvo 1500 California data
1955 Volvo 1500 California data
bodywork
Body type2 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2400 94.5
Track/tread (front) 1295 51
Track/tread (rear) 1308 51.5
Length 4216 166
Width 1575 62
Height 1346 53
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.76
Kerb weight 966 kg 2130 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Volvo
Engine code B14A
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.4 litre
1414 cc
(86.288 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 75 × 80 mm
2.95 × 3.15 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.94
overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output 71 PS (70 bhp) (52 kW)
at 5500 rpm
Specific output 49.5 bhp/litre
0.81 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 103 Nm (76 ft·lb) (10.5 kgm)
at 3000 rpm
Specific torque 72.84 Nm/litre
0.88 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 7.8:1
Fuel system 2 SU carbs
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 915.4 kPa (132.8 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 353.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) -1.00 s
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 153 km/h (95 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 73.47 PS/g
54.04 kW/g
72.46 bhp/ton
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 18.51 kg/kW
30.91 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout unknown
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox
Top gear ratio 1.00
Final drive ratio 4.55
general
Carfolio.com ID52591
Production total 67
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 14.0
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1955 Volvo 1500 California added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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