Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Boxy But Good: 1990 Volvo 240 DL

 Production of the Volvo 200 series started way back in 1974 (1975 in the USA) with a squared off shape penned by Volvo's master designer Jan Wilsgaard (known for his Volvo Amazon, P1800ES shooting brake, 164, 140, get the picture). For car with remarkably unsporty looks the 240 actually did well in motorsports with a number running touring car classes in Europe, and even a non factory backed Group A rally effort -- but the 240 had the most success as a cheap amateur racer at the hands of hooligans around the globe.  Get your own by buying this 1990 Volvo 240 DL bidding for $3,049  here on eBay with 4 days to go, located in Waynesboro, VA.  Seller submission from Walter.

The sedan version of the 240 might not be as "sporty" as the 2-door or as "cool" as the wagon, but they were built in huge numbers and offer a great combination of passenger room and secure storage space.   Wagons get all the glory for having extra storage space, but everybody can see the antique vases and dismembered corpses -- unlike in a sedan, where the junk in your trunk stays away from prying eyes.

Under the hood is Volvo B230F inline-4 that makes 114 horsepower and 136 ft-lbs of torque at 2750 rpm -- it isn't as lively as the turbo version, but at least it isn't the dead-dog-slow diesel -- and, like all 240s, power heads to the rear wheels.

The interior of this 240DL is remarkably well preserved for something from the 1990s, although you do see some small rust spots poking up here/there.  With only 76,000 miles on the odometer, this one does qualify for low-mile survivor status if you ask me.

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1 comment:

  1. *ahem* Vince, a few points of order:

    -the Group A effort was factory backed, and it was touring car racing, not rally

    -the 2-door (242) is also a sedan... a 2-door sedan. The roofline, rear seat, and wheelbase are all identical to the 4-door.


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