The First 850...
Pretty neat huh? This is probably the first time this has been shown on the Internet as well!quote:
Before being imported into the United States, every new car has to be crash tested. Unfortunately, the first United States crash test of the Volvo 850 GLT was not planned. While it proved a testament to the strength and design of the car, Volvo wanted no part in publicizing the crash results.
When the 850 GLT project was still under wraps in 1990, Volvo had arranged to ship one via a 747 to Arizona, where it would undergo hot weather climate tests. Instead, it ended up on its roof on the tarmac at the Seattle airport. A hoist broke as the container was being unloaded from the airplane. The 850 ended up being dropped on its roof after a 15-foot fall. While the 850's roof stood up almost perfectly, its life as a prototype test car was over.
Needless to say, Volvo was not pleased about the destruction of one of its half-million dollar prototypes, but to make matters worse, the Seattle airport management staff photographed the still-secret 850 for insurance purposes. After several days of frantic searching by Volvo representatives, the photographs were recovered, and another 850 GLT was dispatched to Arizona to complete climate testing. The 850 could prove to be Volvo's most historically important car ever, and what better way than to make a smashing entrance into the United States.