After a recent post saying I'd all but settled on a Unimog for our RTW vehicle, I still retain a nagging uncertainty about the last remaining alternative choice ... an old Volvo C306 6x6.
So, I'm looking for anyone in Australia (preferably Victoria or nearby) who owns a Volvo C303/306, and who would be good enough to allow me a brief drive to see for myself just how crude they are ... and if those failings could be easily overcome.
For quite some time now I've been researching possible world touring vehicles for my wife and I. Almost by elimination it keeps coming back to a Unimog, but they're really way larger than we want or need.
The long wheelbase 306 version of the Volvo fits the bill on many counts, most notably a lower height and width, making them far better suited to the streets of many overseas cities and towns, not to mention Australian track.
Yet it's impossible to realistically assess a vehicle you've never driven.
It appears that obvious shortcomings could be overcome with a complete drivetrain transplant of diesel engine/gearbox/transfer case.
But what I can't tell without a few minutes behind the wheel, is whether we could live long-term with such an old vehicle lacking many necessary creature comforts.
Hoping someone can assist.