For those readers out there who may be scratching their heads, the big red Swedish meatball you see before you is a 1974 Volvo C303, hailing from the automaker’s line of military vehicles. This particular example was upgraded with a long list of custom touches, including a more modern LL8 Vortec engine, and now, it just sold on Bring A Trailer for $65,000.
The bespoke touches start outside, where the all-terrain box-on-wheel was repainted in a searing shade of red. Lining the body panels is a custom fabricated exterior cage, while LED lighting shines a path forward thanks to a sizable light bar mounted on the roof.
There’s also a custom front bumper and skid plate, tinted windows, and polyurethane body moldings, as a well as step bars for easier ingress and egress. The rollers are 16-inch, eight-lug units finished in black.
The functional interior was customized as well, and now boasts Pioneer audio equipment, extra sound deadening and insulation, and a Red Dot air conditioning system. Space for five additional passengers can be found in the rear.
Making it move is the LL8 4200 Vortec engine, a straight-six displacing 4.2 liters (254 cubic inches). Produced between 2002 and 2009, the LL8 4200 Vortec engine was the first powerplant in GM’s Atlas range, producing 270 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque when it was first introduced.
Now, the Vortec engine propels this custom 1974 Volvo C303 through a 4L60E four-speed automatic transmission, plus a Dana 18 dual-range transfer case. Controls for the front and rear diff locks can be found on the dash.
Helping it navigate rough terrain are Fox 2.0-series shocks suspension, as well as BFGoodrich mud tires and power steering from a Mercede-Benz G-Wagen.
This Vortec engine-motivated Volvo just sold at no reserve on Bring A Trailer for $65,000 after 87 bids. The odometer shows around 24,000 km, or 15,000 miles, with roughly 3,000 miles added by the seller.
Source: Bring A Trailer