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 posted that Datsun Sunny B210 the other day and had second thoughts about saying it wasn’t worth the asking price and that it was too slow, but then I stumbled on this Volvo PV544 Sport. It is equally slow, probably slower than the Sunny, but it looks appropriately designed to be driven slowly and […]
Volvo has never been known as a performance brand, but they did dip their Swedish feet into the proverbial speed pool in the early aughts with a few shiny things wearing an “R” badge. It actually started earlier with the 850R in 1995, but that was still front-wheel-drive and only sporty compared to a 4-cylinder powered brick boat house like the 240, but in 2003 Volvo kicked up their speed game with the turbocharged 5-cylinder V70R that put out 300 horsepower into all four wheels. It wasn’t as fast as the German (BMW M, Audi S) or Japanese (STi/Evo) competition, but you could buy one for the family because your wife thought it wasn’t a toy. Find this 2004 Volvo V70R offered for $13,000 in San Bruno, CA via craigslist.
The Volvo 960 (1990-1998) was the last of the proper longitudinal front-engine rear-wheel-drive Volvos built on a platform that started with the 140 series way back in 1966. It wasn’t the last interesting car to come out of Volvo, but if you like your Volvos to be boxy-but-good, this is the car that’ll last past 340k miles or kilometers or whatever. Find this 1995 Volvo 960 offered for $7000 near Harvard in MA via craigslist. Tip from ME.
Cars are like people. Some are reliable, some are not. Some are nice, and some will try to kill you. All are interesting, many have scars, but the most fascinating ones have some miles on the clock and won’t cost an arm/leg to spend some time with. And this next car is certainly something like an old man with a white beard that you’d meet near some seaside town and talk about nuances of the weather or the local flora or woodworking or how to properly do leatherwork. He certainly wouldn’t know what social media is and he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Find this 1963 Volvo PV544 offered for $5,500 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.
The Volvo PV444/544 was affectionately called the “Swedish 1941 Ford” even though sales of this 4-cylinder equipped Volvo started in 1947 in Sweden (1958 in USA) and continued through the 1966 model year. It was known for ruggedness, vintage styling, and some surprising wins at SCCA class racing and at the 1965 East African Safari Rally in Kenya. Today’s example is about as cheap as you get for a car that isn’t a total basket case…which means this car is only a partial basket case. If the car is a weekend away from being a drivable restoration candidate…then I think is a steal. Find this 1958 Volvo PV444 offered for $2,400 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.
I knew a guy who was restoring an old Cadillac Hearse…and I don’t think he was quite right in the head. Aside from taking up a collosal percentage of the square footage in our co-op auto shop with a separate body and frame from a 60s Caddy Hearse, it was just a bit too morbid for me. So while of these next two cars the 960 Hearse version is perhaps more visually interesting, the 960 limo is the winner for me. Find this 1996 Volvo 960 Hearse and Limo offered for $13,000 (each or both, it isn’t clear from the punctuation and grammar free advertisement) in Long Island, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I’ve always wondered if the Volvo C30 was as fun to drive as it is to look at…and here is your chance to find out and report back. Seller submission from Frank who writes: I need to get this out of the way, and there must be some DT reader who can use it. It’s conveniently located right in the middle of the county, which should be about the same distance from either coast, where anyone who would want such a thing will be located. Find this 2009 Volvo C30 offered for $5,495 in McPherson, KS via craigslist.
The Volvo 1800ES was a shooting brake version of Volvo’s aging P1800/1800S/1800E platform, meant to breath new life in the old parts. The frameless glass tailgate equipped version only sold 8,000 units for the ’72 & ’73 model years, but the prices don’t really reflect that level of exclusivity, but prices have been going up in the past few years. This next version looks to need some interior sorting, but if the paint looks as good in person as it does in the pictures, it could be a good deal. Find this 1972 Volvo 1800ES offered for $11,000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.
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.