• Aug 26, 2011
We have something of a hard time applying the term "hot rod" to the Caresto T6 R. The unusual Volvo-based retro one-off has simply transcended the art. Whereas most builders start with chassis manufactured by one of the illustrious Big Three, the T6 R is a clean-sheet design with a mid-engine turbocharged I6 swiped from the XC90 that puts power to the rear wheels via a five-speed Geartronic transmission. With a handcrafted aluminum body and a removable polycarbonate roof, the machine is better executed than most auto show concepts. We aren't alone in that assessment, either. Conceived by Leif Tufvesson, a former Volvo and Koeniggsegg development man, Hot Rod Magazine famously called this Caresto one of the "most spectacularly-crafted hot rods to ever grace the pages of this or any other magazine."

Big praise.

Now the Caresto T6 R is up for sale via the miracle of eBay Motors. The Swedish machine has racked up bids of over $23,000 as of the time of writing with just over three days left on the clock, though the reserve has yet to be met (and is probably far higher). If you're skittish about purchasing a vehicle based in Sweden, the seller assures would-be buyers that he'll be happy to help arrange shipping. You can check out the auction by cruising over to eBay Motors, and learn more about the Caresto and how it came to be by watching the Fifth Gear Europe video after the jump.



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      joejoe509
      • 3 Years Ago
      An obvious rip off of the Prowler and even worse of Chip Foose's HemisFear. And just for that, this thing should be burned.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @joejoe509
        Yet this looks absolutely nothing like the Prowler and that it was built YEARS before the Foose Coupe (Hemisfear was the name of the Hot Wheels car).
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pitiful. Rods are roadsters, not this POS.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      It it was viper powered, I would be interested. Oh well, just have to wait until Fiat takes a stab at it.
      Edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good luck getting this on a public road with no bumpers, wipers, safety glass or possibly smog controls, to name just the obvious.
        Jake S
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Yup. You'd get carrested driving the Caresto in the USA. It'll probably end up in Dubai or Brunei.
      ryancw23
      • 3 Years Ago
      Zzzzzz Zzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (and I don't mean it's a sleeper)
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing work on it
      Fat Stig
      • 3 Years Ago
      I havent seen a prowler in almost 10 years, what happened to them? Did they break? They werent that uncommon when they were for sale and then just completely disappeared.
        Maverick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fat Stig
        They averaged about 1500-2000 units per year for 6 production years. So they're reasonably rare. A lot of them are probably gathering dust because the owners think they'll be worth something some day.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know that guy. I don't really like the Caresto, but Jakob is my favorite Hot Rod EVER!
      moderate fringe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey they came back with the Prowler and it's still ugly.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks nice, but it doesn't make me feel anything.
      Maverick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not nearly as cool as the Volvo T5 powered AWD Deuce Coupe... (here: http://www.hotrod.com/featuredvehicles/hrdp_0905_1932_ford_coupe/viewall.html )
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gorgeous...Nice take on a very traditional theme. Ironic, but the Hot Rod community is pretty conservative. Most Hot Rods are but a slight variation on a very consistent theme and look too much the same, especially when you consider they're custom built machines. Oh, it's based on a '32 Ford you say? Black with a flame paint job? Why. I've never seen that before...
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