Volvo has announced the new Concept Coupé to be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
It might seem unusual for a company still strongly associated with practical and safe estate cars, the company actually has a rich coupé heritage.
Stylish and iconic thanks to its appearance in The Saint, driven by Roger Moore, the P1800 is as distinctive as it is elegant.
Some early cars were assembled in the UK at Jensen Cars, West Bromwich before production shifted to Sweden. A three-door estate version was also made before production ceased in 1973.
A rakish two-door based on the 260 saloon the 262C was built from kits sent from Gothernburg to Bertone in Turin, Italy.
The low roof line is a distinctive feature even if it doesn't look like much of a coupé. The dog pictures in the rear looks more used to a Volvo estate.
Another Bertone-built Volvo coupé, the 780 was launched in 1986, but unlike its predecessor the roof was only 1cm lower than the saloon it was based on, rather than 10cm lower on the 262C. The 780 was available in Europe (but not UK) and North America.
The 480 went on sale in 1987 and was perhaps the least Volvo-like Volvo for many years thanks to its sleek styling and pop-up headlamps.
In the press ads, the crash test dummies were shown to be afraid to get behind the wheel.
Introduced as a coupé in 1997, a soft-top convertible version of the C70 followed, although the next-generation model would be a hard-top coupé convertible.
Volvo's Peter Horbury led the design, but there was also involvement in design and chassis tuning by UK-based TWR. The C70 broke away from Volvo's 'boxy-but-good' image.
Less a coupé in the traditional sense of most of its predecessors and perhaps more of a three-door hatchback version of the S40 and V50.
The C30 was derived from the same platform as the 2004 Ford Focus and Mazda3, with a broad range of engines.