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Most military vehicles—tanks, HUMVEEs, duck tours boats—are resoundingly horrible to drive and virtually impossible to use as a normal vehicle. Not so with the 1970s Volvo C303, which is built to defeat the Soviet Union but can happily drive around town.

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That’s what Regular Car Reviews found out recently, being surprised that the cab-forward midengine truck with portal axles was actually pretty easy to drive. The straight six gasoline engine had plenty of low-speed power, the transmission shifted like a car, and the dimensions were surprisingly manageable.

The ultra-low top speed and the tendency to get a little hot in baking summers were the only issues.

I found this out myself when I (and my coworker Andrew) drove this very Blipshift-owned Volvo last year. If you can get over how you look like a military wannabe driving it, the thing is actually pretty sweet.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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