Los Angeles is a bastion of car culture, especially when it comes to the rare and obscure. I have seen everything from Bugatti Divos AND Jaguar XJ220s THE Ferrari 250 SWB AND Maybach G-Class Landaulets driving on the road or parallel parked like a normal car, so it’s not often that my somewhat jaded self notices something that really surprises me. When on a walk around my neighborhood the other day I came across something that excited me more than any supercar or classic in recent memory: a super rare 2007 Volvo C30 Boston Red Sox Special Edition.
Now, while I love watching hot men play sports, I’m not exactly a sports guy, but I am am BY Bostonwhich means that I was legally raised as a red stockings fan and I must remain one until I die. I well remember the 2004 season when the Sox reversed the curse to win their first World Series since 1918, and the Sox went on to win again in 2007. The latter year was what this limited edition Volvo hat was built to celebrate .
It may seem like an odd choice for special edition inspiration, but the Venn diagram Volvo owners and residents of New England is essentially a district. A Popular Mechanics report from 2015 found that in Massachusetts, the Volvo XC70 sold at 305 percent of the national average, while four other models had market shares more than double the average, and the numbers were even greater in other New England states.
Volvo has built just 107 of the Boston Red Sox Special Editions, with each unit representing one of the Sox’s 2007 season wins. For reference, McLaren built 106 F1s (including race cars), and I’d wager many more F1’s are still on the road than the Red Sox C30. This also makes the Red Sox C30 five times rarer than the Bugatti Chiron and 13 times rarer than the Ferrari F40.
These C30s received Passion Red paint with the R-Design body kit and silver exterior accents. A small Red Sox badge was added to the front fenders, and the rear window received a large transparent Red Sox logo, although it looks like the glass on this particular C30 was replaced at some point. The interior featured floor mats with the Red Sox logo and a number plate in the dash. Each Red Sox machine was powered by one 5 cylinder turbo engine and could be had with either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed Geartronic automatic.
To truly appeal to baseball players, each Red Sox C30 was authenticated by the Major League Baseball Authentication Program and each came with a certificate of authenticity that was signed by the President and CEO of Volvo North America and the President and Boston Red Sox CEO. To commemorate the last game the Sox won, car #107 was donated to the Red Sox Foundation for a charity raffle. When new, the Red Sox C30 started at $30,210, about $7,000 more than the base price of a C30.
I lived in Massachusetts until I graduated high school in 2011, stayed home on my sabbaticals, and came back for about a year in the middle of college, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these C30s outside of a car show. . Honestly, if it wasn’t for the front bumper that doesn’t match this and the bumper stickers on the rear that caught my eye, I probably would have passed it by. There has never been one on Bring A Trailer or Cars & Bids, and there are almost no current or even old listings for sale that I can Google. I wouldn’t be surprised if I never see one of these again – maybe, if I’m lucky, one will show up at the Pebble Beach Concours in 30 years.