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Volvo Canadian

Model Year: 1964

Location of Manufacture: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

View of a plaque identifying this car as the first Volvo produced in Canada

Authenticity Plaque

This plaque identifies this Volvo as having been produced in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It is car no. 1 from the first limited series produced in June 1963.

View of the dashboard and front seating


The simple lines of the dashboard in the Volvo Canadian contrast with the brilliant red leather of the passenger seating.

View of the Volvo Canadian name brand


The Volvo Canadian name brand, as it appeared on this 1964 model.

Photograph of the 10,000th Volvo Canadian produced at the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia plant, 1966

The 10,000th Volvo Canadian produced in Canada

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

The Volvo Canadian featured on this website was the first car produced at the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia plant. The car pictured here is the 10,000th – it rolled off of the assembly line three years after the plant opened.

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View of the Volvo assembly plant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1971

The Volvo Assembly Plant

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Volvo chose to open a plant in Canada because the company believed their cars—solid, safe, and well-suited to winter driving conditions—would be strong sellers in the Canadian market. The Halifax area was the ideal location for the factory as it provided a year-round ice free port. It was also the port in North America which was closest to Volvo’s main facility in Goteburg, Sweden.

Canadian workers assembled the cars, which arrived by ship in kit form. Volvo’s Canadian plant closed in 1998.

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View of the assembly line at the Halifax plant, 1971

View of an assembly line at the Volvo plant

Halifax, Nova Scotia

This view shows Volvo cars in various stages of assembly at the Halifax plant.

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