The classic Volvo wagon is iconic in every way. The huge roof, the boxy styling, the comfort and safety is legendary, and they are rapidly becoming classic items. The only question you have to ask for this next wagon is — can you deal with the green paint? Find this 1976 Volvo 245 DL offered […]
I’ve seen too many cars where the wheels have absolutely wrecked the car (22inch on anything, for instance), but it isn’t often where you see a car that the wheels “make” the car. But here is a great example — sure, this vintage Volvo 244 has an LS based V8 swap with 400 horsepower, BORING…but […]
When I need to take a photo of a car for a craigslist post, I usually take it at the gas station at night…but when I don’t have time, I take it around dusk…right at the exact moment that a homeless man is breaking into my car. Find this 1990 Volvo 240 Wagon offered for […]
Not much to say on this next car. Volvo. Wagon. LT1 V8. T56 6-speed manual. Brown. Cali diesel title. I just don’t know how you could go wrong here. Find this 1982 Volvo 244 bidding for $8600 reserve-not-met in Rio Linda, CA via ebay. From the seller: Vehicle Details1982 Volvo 240. Born a Diesel converted […]
One owner, faded paint, and an issue where it won’t stay running upon acceleration would scare away “normal” people, but that’s not who I’m talking to here. I’m talking to the guy (or gal) who understands wasted spark systems and how to use a Harbor Freight tire plug kit…show up with a few tools, drive […]
This next car came in as a tip from Cory and I was excited to see a Volvo that had been modified so you can haul around your old rusty deck chairs, used wheels, 55-gallon drum lids, and other assorted flotsam AND it keeps the back doors/seats for you kids. But wow the kids are gonna be disappointed when they find there are no rear seats, just some old wood/rope/algae on top of rusting metal. Find this 1983 Volvo 240 Ute offered for $1300 on the Faceute Elcaminobook in Easton, MD.
A few months back we featured a cheap Volvo 240 sedan (244) that had a small block V8 attached to a 3-speed manual gearbox. It wasn’t a bad build, but strange that the Muncie 3-speed would have been selected as the transmission, but who cares, it was cheap. A few months later and it is for sale at a new place a few hundred miles away with new shoes and for more than double the earlier price. Find this 1979 Volvo 244 V8 offered for $12,500 in Chino Hills, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I have to feel some empathy towards the seller of this next vehicle…because I’ve been there. He says that it “RUNS A LITTLE RICH CAUSING CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO COME ON” which is not an uncommon experience with older vehicles (yes, this is a 30 year old car folks), but the part that pulls on my heartstrings is the next part “VOLVO EXPERT CHECKED OUT THREE TIMES AND CAN’T FIND ANYTHING WRONG.” This is rock bottom for the modern classic loving car guy. When you’ve got a problem, but you can’t fix it because you can’t figure out what’s wrong. It is the worst. The only logical conclusion is to sell the car and move on. Find this 1991 Volvo 240 Wagon offered for $3000 in New Cumberland, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The consensus from the crowd is that the 740 horsepower Volvo 240 from the other day was too much power for the car and the 300ish horspower Cummins 6BT Torino Wagon was too much torque for the power (and probably too much soot for the air), so how do you feel if we split the difference and find something that has as much power as torque and won’t melt tires or the polar ice caps. The only thing this wagon needs is an injection of manual gearbox. Find this 1990 Volvo 240 Wagon offered for $6,500 in Sarasota, FL via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I know. Another V8 powered Volvo…how cliché. But this one is special. It has a ginormous turbocharger with an intake sized like something from an apache helicopter that pushes cubic yards of air into the 5.3 liter iron block (probably an LM7 if I was to guess) with MegaSquirt standalone fuel injection to make a tire obliterating 745 horsepower on the dyno. Thankfully this thing is shifted with an Aisin AR-5 manual gearbox that probably came from a Chevy Colorado or Pontiac Solstice and isn’t exactly rated for this level of murderous torque…but people tend to overestimate the required ruggedness of their transmissions and if you shift it nicely it will probably survive the repeated 60-100mph sprints that this thing is built for. I’m in love. Find this 1991 Volvo V8 240DL Wagon with Turbo LSV8 offered for $11,000 in Colorado Springs, CA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.