Which used Volvo C70 coupe should I buy?
There's a wide variety of petrol engines to choose from, but originally the C70 only came in one flavour: a 2.3-litre T5 with 240bhp. As the car matured, a 2.0-litre turbo, 2.4-litre, 2.4 Turbo, a 2.5-litre 20v and a 2.5 Turbo were introduced. All produced different power outputs, but none could match the original T5's.
Overall, though, the best engine is the 193bhp 2.4-litre Turbo. It has enough performance to entertain a driver, but you'll spend less time at the petrol station and avoid the massive insurance premiums of the bigger engines.
Also, because the five-speed manual gearbox doesn't like to be rushed, consider an automatic for relaxed cruising, particularly the five-speed version introduced after '99.
As you might expect of a Volvo, every C70 came with lots of goodies as standard. Later on, a GT option was added, with a leather-trimmed sports steering wheel, stereo upgrade, stability control and sunroof; it's worth tracking down.