Indigo 3000 | Josse Cars Specifications and Review
The Josse company was set up in 1997 in Arvika, a country town in southern Sweden, in order to build a classic roadster powered by a big Volvo engine. The car Josse designed, the Indigo 3000, was a traditional open-top two-seater with rear-wheel drive.
Apart from its modern technology, it could have been an Austin-Healey from thirty years before. The Indigo 3000 had lightweight composite body panels on a rigid space frame chassis made of galvanized welded steel. It was fitted with power steering, electric heated and adjustable wing mirrors, automatic headlights, and an adjustable seat and steering wheel. There were disc brakes all around, although an antilock braking system was only an optional extra.
The all-aluminum engine, a nonturbocharged Volvo straight-six, produced plenty of power. With twenty-four valves and multipoint fuel injection, it produced very fast acceleration, an inspiring noise, and a top speed that was limited to 155 mph (250 kph).
Everything was closely linked to Volvo. Designer Hans Philip Zackau had worked on the Volvo 850 hatchback. The five-speed manual gearbox and rear suspension was from a Volvo 960, the steering column from a Volvo 850, and the seat base from a Volvo S40.
The Josse team marketed its roadster as an affordable high-performance car with an emphasis on safety; there were roll-over bars behind each seat to protect occupants, and the sills were built high to give protection against side impacts.
Sadly, Josse only built forty-eight before the company disappeared, so the Indigo 3000 is now a very rare sight, even on the roads of southern Sweden.
1998 • 183 cu in/3,000cc, S6 • 204bhp/152kW •
0-60 mph/97 kph in 6.5 seconds • 155 mph/250 kph