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 am loathe to criticize other people’s custom work, especially when my own is nowhere near the level of a Singer or Icon…but I’m not going to complain about the front bumper speed holes or the “drag” wheel/tire setup in this V8 powered Volvo, but I feel obliged to take issue with a 3-speed for his (her?) transmission. It’s not like a 4-speed costs much more, and even 5-speeds are plentiful (don’t get me started on 6-speeds), and my understanding of domestic 3-speeds from ‘Murican hot-rod friends is that they are all junk and need to be swapped for 4-speed posthaste. But maybe there is some rare Muncie three-speed that can handle power and torque and you save your left leg because you shift less. Strange decisions for strange times, I guess. Find this 1979 Volvo 244 V8 offered for $5500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
There are few things that get a used car bottom feeder more excited than a one-owner classic…but this next advertisement includes at least a few of them, so let’s start with the basics. Garage kept, rust free (or at least it looks like it in the photos), some small broken stuff that would scare away “normal” people, and finally…yes…a dirt cheap asking price. Feed away my fellow DT flatfish!! Find this 1984 Volvo 244 GL offered for $950 in St James City, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
The Volvo purists might get a little disturbed at seeing yet another LS-based V8 swap in a classic 240 body…but let’s face it, with over 2.8 million examples of the 200-series (240 and 260) built from 1974 through 1993, it’s not like you can’t find another stock one sitting around. And that stock 240 will probably been useful to tow this thing to the next fuel station. Find this 1989 Volvo 244 With V8 Swap offered for $7000 via facebork in Sarasota, FL. Tip from Art.
There was an old saying in in Vaudeville that was particularly embraced by the instantly recognizable Groucho Marx — “will it play in Peoria?” This figure of speech asks if something will be acceptable to redneck…errr…hillbilly mainstream America — and the Volvo 240 asked that exact same question when it was released in 1975. And the […]
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, 740…you get the picture). The sedan version of the 240 might not be as “sporty” as the 2-door or […]
The Volvo 240 might not be the greatest car ever made (despite what DT’s Volvo Enthusiast-at-Large CFlo might say) but you could certainly say it was the greatest boxy sedan to come from Sweden during the 1980s. Find this 1986 Volvo 244 Sedan offered for $5,200 near Cleveland, OH via craigslist. Tip from Alex. I […]
The numerous Volvo 240s that grace these pages seem to fall into two buckets, first is for the clean/original junkers that cost a few grand and would be great for a daily driver, and the second is for the Chevy V8 swapped hoon mobiles that also cost a few grand. This next feature falls squarely […]
Nothing beats a simple, solid, rear-wheel drive, 4-cylinder, manual transmission sedan. There is plenty of room to wrench under the hood, with no fussy transaxle to get in your way. Something like the Volvo 240 series can be economical as a daily driver yet entertaining in the occasional autocross, parking lot slalom, or rainy-day dorifto […]