Yes, This Is A BMW M3 Dressed As A Volvo 162 Coupe!

Mixing two cars into one is a difficult procedure that rarely pays off but in this case, the result is striking at the very least.

The car you see in the photos resides in Finland and started life as a BMW E36 M3. Somewhere along the line, its owner decided to get rid of the BMW bodywork and instead dress the whole car as if it was a modern Volvo 162, a brave move to say the least.

However, the end result isn’t the abomination we would expect as the finished (?) car looks amazingly clean, portraying a sky-high level of workmanship that definitely wins our admiration.

With that said, some of the proportions of the car do betray that this “Volvo” hides something not Swedish under its curvy bodywork, especially from the rear three quarters.

This build was discovered initially on Retro Rides, with the relevant post dating back in 2015. The original source of the build resides in the Volvo Racing Club Finland forum from the same year.

Open the door and the illusion is gone, as the interior was left in pretty much standard E36 M3 guise, complete with leather bucket seats, door cards and dashboard. The only difference is the Volvo badging on the three-spoke steering. Even the door sills still proudly wear their M3 badges.

The whole process of converting the E36 M3 into this modernized Volvo 162 has been documented with a huge image gallery here, here and here, revealing the huge amount of work put into the body (along with the required skills).

So, what’s the verdict? Do you like this BMW M3 dressed as a classic Volvo 162?

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  • Bo Hanan

    Change the wheels and yes.

    • emjayay

      They aren’t BMW wheels so I guess they are what the owner thought worked. Maybe some modern Volvo wheels don’t fit.

    • Marty

      They are quite similar to more modern Volvo wheels, but they should have used something closer to classic Volvo design to complete the look.

  • Liam Paul

    It’s a shame the interior was not redone, I dont mean like restyled but new seat covers and carpet, new steering wheel wrapped in new leather etc, the outside is amazing to say the least. The guy has Talent.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Yeah, that interior is a bit dodgy.

  • Rob Banks

    Good lawd that’s gorgeous! A Volvo with m3 dna i.e. the ultimate wolf in sheeps clothing.

    • Leofred

      Nah, not really. The roof line shows its not a “sheep”. Also, the scandinavians are throwing 500hp 940 and 850 turbo engines in those in stock livery all the time

    • paulgdeaton

      Volvo – and even BMW – stylists could take a lesson from that front end; it is gorgeous. Side view gives away its BMW heritage, but it remains clean and classy. The rear looks a little “forced”, and the taillights might look better if they were simpler – especially if the top and bottom outward curvature of the taillight housingss were identical.

      Still, a marvelous execution of a completely original idea.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Well done but…weird.

  • DJ

    Wow. I’d buy one. VOLVO should be taking notes. Very classy understated but elegant.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Simply gorgeous. But why didn’t they change the interior as well? Perhaps it’s too difficult from technical perspective? Nevertheless, it’s very gorgeous coupe.

    • EVEN A GOOD DETAILING WOULD HELP MATCH UP TO THE EXTERIOR.

  • Bash

    I think it’s wow!

  • BrucieBruce

    Best looking Volvo 162 that I’ve ever imagined. I can forgive the interior as it is clearly all about the exterior look. Well done !!

  • TheHake

    I REALLY like the look! I would just remove the M3 references.

  • Stephen G

    Much better proportions than the original

  • Ben

    Yeah — this is very nice. Maybe Lexus can adopt this as its new LS, since it’s way better looking than the current LS.

  • VERY NICE. RATTY INTERIOR DOESN’T GO WITH THE CLEAN EXECUTION OF THE EXTERIOR.
    REMINDS ME A BIT OF A VEGA.

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  • I really love it! Job well done!