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There is something called an "Oscar" at the dealers. It looks like a AC Cobra and is said to be Danish with a 1985 Volvo Turbo power train. I have Googled and been unable to find anything. Can anyone shine some light on what this vehicle might be. The story was that a very limited number were built but that it is not one off.
 

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<A HREF="http://images.google.com/images?as_q=&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=Osca+1600+gt&as_oq=&as_eq=&imgtype=&imgsz=&imgw=&imgh=&as_filetype=&imgc=&as_sitesearch=&safe=images&as_st=y" TARGET="_blank">http://images.google.com/image..._st=y</A><p>George Dill<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdill2</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://images.google.com/images?as_q=&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=Osca+1600+gt&as_oq=&as_eq=&imgtype=&imgsz=&imgw=&imgh=&as_filetype=&imgc=&as_sitesearch=&safe=images&as_st=y" TARGET="_blank">http://images.google.com/image..._st=y</A><p>George Dill</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Wrong
 

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OsCar...<p><A HREF="http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=26619&page=2" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.turbobricks.com/...age=2</A><p>You are correct about very little info on the www.<p>George Dill
 

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So far I think I have learned that 20 cars were built by Ole Sommer the Danish importer of Volvos.
 

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Dammit, I remember that car from magazines in the '80s! Never seen one live tho.
 

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The Volvo of Tucson (formerly Broadway Volvo) dealer have had this car for years. They have brought it out at various events, and yes it's lately been displayed on the showroom floor - I saw it again and discussed it with my son when I was there recently for my XC60 order.<p>Somewhere I have a very good article on the OsCar, much more detailed than what I can offer here. From my imperfect memory, it was a project in the 1980s by the largest Danish Volvo importer/dealership owned by Ole Sommer. (Hence the name OsCar). They built perhaps a couple of dozen of these cars (?) Although it was clearly a labor of love or hobby, another aspect was an embryonic idea to produce cars in Denmark rather than importing them. I don't remember a lot more details, but as he had a good relationship with Volvo in Sweden, I think he was quite open in negotiating with Volvo and sourcing major components from them.<p>(The next part I remember because my family lived there for a year in the mid '70s - my dad bought an OSD Volvo 144, and that's the car I first learned to drive with, a couple of years later back in the USA):<br>Denmark (at least at the time) had a huge tax on cars - about 150% <U>on top of</U> the selling price ($10k car -> $25k cost). This was in the form of an duty applying to imported cars only, the catch being that there are no native-built Danish cars. (Our USA-destined car was exempt). So if the Sommer firm could make cars in Denmark, even with a somewhat non-competitive cost structure, they could avoid the massive tax and sell for a competitive price. How much of this idea was collaborative with Volvo, I'm not sure.<p>The OsCar was not the only experiment by Ole Sommer and his firm, but it is a neat-looking little car. I'll try to find the article I have, but no guarantees.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by jhalbert at 12:35 PM 4-4-2009</i>
 

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Links to some good pics and articles...<p><A HREF="http://images.google.com/images?as_q=oscar&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=ole+sommer&as_oq=&as_eq=&imgtype=&imgsz=&imgw=&imgh=&as_filetype=&imgc=&as_sitesearch=&safe=images&as_st=y" TARGET="_blank">http://images.google.com/image..._st=y</A><p>...und auf Deutsch...<p><A HREF="http://www.rennelch.de" TARGET="_blank">http://www.rennelch.de</A>/<p>Ole Sommer's Automobile Museum in english...<p><A HREF="http://www.sommersautomobilemuseum.dk/museum/vehicles.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.sommersautomobilemu....html</A><p>Online translation...<p><A HREF="http://209.85.133.132/translate_c?hl=en&u=http://www.sommersautomobilmuseum.dk/olesommer/&usg=ALkJrhh6pCkLvKmVUiSRSwZYzehoiLlKpQ" TARGET="_blank">http://209.85.133.132/translat...LlKpQ</A><p>Some leads I didn't chase...<p><A HREF="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=oscar&as_epq=Ole+Sommer&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=100&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=active" TARGET="_blank">http://www.google.com/search?h...ctive</A><p>George Dill
 

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Neat, thanks, a very nice and thoughtful collection. The OSD guys should pick up on this. An easy trip from Goteburg.
 

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I still think there is a good article I haven't dug up, but I did find some more information, in the book "Volvo 1800 and Family" by Andrew Whyte. This book was published in 1984, right in the middle of the OScar project.<p>Since the book is out of print (but available used - recommended), I will quote more liberally than if it were in print:<p>"...Particularly interesting is...the Sommer, which has been made in ones-off and short runs from time to time since Erik Sommer of Copenhagen made his early postwar SI and later Jowett-powered cars. In due course his son, Ole, took over the family motor business and became Denmark's leading Volvo importer. The first Volvo-based Sommer was a GT built from 1959-60 PV445 elements...B16B engine...Amazon front end styling...Another..was a B20-powered device...with its square-tube chassis members actually <I>outside</I> the body panels. Seven of these Hertfordshire-cottages-on-wheels were made...the name - Joker - was well chosen.?<p>"It is the latest Sommer car which is of most relevance here...called the OScar - a name derived from that of Ole Sommer and not from the Volvo project mentioned in an earlier chapter."<p>"Sommer himself had always dreamed of making a pretty and practical roadgoing sports car, and at last he had achieved his aim, a pilot batch of five ... at time of writing."<p><a total of 20 were built per the Sommer museum page><p>"The Sommer OScar does, in fact, have the tacit approval of the engineering department in Göteborg, where Sommer's skills are known of old, and one suspects that it is the updated version of what the P1900 <I>might</I> have become....the suspension is pure Volvo."<p>"Trimmed in Connolly leather, the Sommer OScar unashamedly follows the lines of Britain's AC Ace which, in turn, was inspired by the classic 1948 Ferrari 166...The Danish built body is beautifully finished in fibreglass. A 5-speed gearbox is used in conjunction with Volvo's B23 overhead camshaft four...2316cc. This can be specified in standard form or as a special 'R-Sport' unit with twin Solex caruretters..."<p>
 
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