There’s nothing you can say that will appeal to all the different niche genres of car enthusiasts– the drifters, the hot rodders, the restomodders, the street racers, the track rats, the stance people, etc.– but the words “2JZ swap” probably come the closest. With that in mind, I give you a 1953 Volvo PV that will appeal to almost every type of gearhead … because it has an 800 HP 2JZ swap.
Built by Norway’s Stig Arne Solheim (his real name, BTW), this fat-fendered Volvo PV is powered by a 3.4 L 2JZ-GTE inline-six with a Brian Crower stroker kit, forged internals and CNC ported head. Stig says it makes about 800 horsepower and 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of torque thanks to a Precision PT6466 turbocharger and massive, 1680 cc fuel injectors. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a ZF manual transmission to a Volvo 940 rear end with a Torsen differential, where Mustang-sourced axles do their best to keep from snapping under the enormous power loads.
After hearing the car run– and watching it blast down the road!– I can say with some confidence that it’s everything Stig says it is. You can watch this wild drift Volvo in the video, below, then let me know what you think of the Supra-powered beast in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
1953 Volvo PV444 + 800 HP 2JZ Supra Engine