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.
When the auction first launched for this next car, I sent an email to DT’s resident Volvo expert CFlo and asked him his thought on how much the car will sell for. His reply a week ago was spot on; maybe $6k to $7k? This diesel is super gutless. It’s literally the 6-cylinder version of the 1.6 NA diesel that was in your old Rabbit. Volvo bought the engines from VW. Imagine 50% more power than your old Rabbit! OMG 75hp. Did you ever ride in the one I had (blue 84 wagon)? It was awful. In CA this 1980 ebay wagon would be desirable because smog exempt, but not sure if anyone cares on the east coast. Nice condition though. Find this 1980 Volvo 245 DL Diesel bidding for $6,350 here on eBay with less than one day to go, located in Glen Burnie, MD.
I’d love to post every tip that we get into the DT inbox (well, maybe not the strange “missed connection” links that Kaibeezy always sends in…those we’ll keep for…ummm…nevermind). The point is…I’d post every single tip if I had the time, but I’ve got a job and a mortgage and kids that need to be driven to soccer practice and Buicks that need maintenance and a tinnitus in my right ear from welding on a muffler filled with unburnt exhaust gases and then there are those “missed connections.” Regardless, despite that, incongruently, I’ve got to report an event on the level of a cosmic conjunction, similar to the 2020 Christmas star when Jupiter and Saturn were seen on top of each other late last year. This next car was tipped by not just one, but by two legends of car hunting, juggernauts of the DT tips line — imagine Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan teaming up to kick some ass at the same time. Yes, that level of awesome. This next car was tipped simultaneously by both FuelTruck and Rock On! Find this 1985 Volvo 240DL Wagon offered for $3,600 in Palo Alto, CA via craigslist.
One thousand smackeroos doesn’t get you much in a used car these days…it barely gets you a set of tires, to be honest. However, this next Volvo is offered for one crispy Ulysses S Grant plus a ten Benjamin Franklins…that’s less than $0.33 per pound. Cheaper than a frozen turkey. And like a Butterball, this thing won’t pass CA smog check without some fixin. Find this 1984 Volvo 245 offered for $1,050 in Richmond, CA via craigslist.
The last car we featured was a classic Volvo wagon with all of the magic unicorn attributes that classic Volvo wagon lovers tend to enjoy, but for people who thought that previous wagon was too brown and too fast, we’ve got this next thing…which is powered by that nasty diesel stuff and is covered in […]
When somebody submits a link for a car and claims it checks all the boxes, I’m always skeptical…a glass is half full of gin kinda guy. And my boxes are kinda strange and kinda hard to check. So let’s see…manual gearbox, check; brown/gold exterior color, check; turbo power, check; wagon, check; decent price, check. Okay…yup…checks […]
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CFlo’s State of the Fleet Address Here at the DT offices double-wide in the sky, it seems everyone has some sort of cool project car, wacky daily driver, or cheap performance machine. I think I might be the most deranged though, because at any given moment I need more than two full hands of fingers […]
The Volvo 200-series was penned with a straight edge and forged with hammers — and it is equally slow, hip, and cool in 2-door, 4-door, or 5-door wagon…except that the wagon is the best for shoving a Ford V8 up front. Find this 1983 Volvo 245 GL Wagon with Ford V8 offered for $4,321 in Norfolk, VA […]
Nine hundred smackeroos doesn’t get you much in a running/driving car these days — blame it on the Fed’s policy of never ending inflation or hipsters with money driving the price of junk up. However, with some proper application of your frontal lobe, you can find something fun/interesting/cool to drive for less than a grand. […]