The C70 has got a well deserved makeover! 

The C70 has got a well deserved makeover! 

So after having the Volvo C70 Coupe for a good year and a half now I’ve decided to fix it up as it was looking a little bit rough around the edges, over the last few weeks and months I’ve given the car a well deserved makeover starting with new headlamps, a new grille and facelifted tail lamps.

I started by fitting second hand “Jewel” Style Headlamps and US Spec indicators to it to smarten up the front end and make it look a few years younger. After a while however the left hand headlamp started to lose it’s reflectivity and after a botched respray with some chrome paint from a rattle can and some Clearcoat it didn’t look very good, which meant i had to replace it with a brand new one from Taggarts Volvo in Motherwell, Scotland. 


Once the new headlamp was fitted (3 bolts and the electrical connections) i quickly moved onto fitting an Egg Crate Grille from the facelifted C70 Convertibles from ’03-’05 (V70 XC as well), i was able to find one on eBay for £80 all in (shipping included) all the way from California, USA.

After fitting the new(ish) Grille (about 8 clips- i had to replace one as i misplaced one) i moved onto fitting Facelifted rear tail lamps from the ’03-’05 Convertibles, it wasn’t an easy task as i originally ordered some wrong ones (connections weren’t the same plus didn’t fit into the same place as they were slightly too short) so just like the headlamp unit i went back to Taggarts Volvo in Motherwell and ordered the correct housings and went about fitting them.

So after fitting the new passenger headlamp i noticed that the drivers (right hand side) headlamp was looking foggy and slightly hazy so i started to clean it using ChrisFix’s Headlamp Restoration Video on YouTube and it came out rather well (not the best but noticeably better).

I had to leave it 24 hours looking like this so none of the products and chemicals used didn’t go onto the paintwork of the car. A few people in the street thought it had been hit and i was covering it with a binbag to cover the wing. The next morning i went outside and after a little bit of fettling it started to look a whole lot better.

While i was cleaning it up i decided to fit a spare weather strip to stop possible water ingress (cause of the fogginess) and so far it’s not come back, when i have some spare time i will go over it with some Meguairs Carnauba Wax to give it some extra shine and protection.

So there you have it!, the C70 has gone from a 1996-2002 spec car to a 2003-2005 spec car, with all the upgrades it has cost about £770 pounds which isn’t cheap but is definitely worth it as it transforms the look of the car all round and makes it a whole lot younger than it actually is. Hopefully sometime soon it’ll be going for a full body Respray and the wheels refurbished so keep tuned for that!


  1. Facelift lights and grille are a huge improvement, looks great. Can’t beat a Saffy C70 Coupe for looks imo. Looking forward to more updates

  2. Looking good man! Try some cutting compound paste or even 800, then 1000 then 1200 grit wet and dry. Luckily the glass is tougher than plastic lenses!


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