If you find a true boxy Volvo fan they will tell you a few things. First, the 140/240/740 is the best car to have ever been built because it can be a: daily driving sedan, family wagon, race car, drifter, sporty 2-door classic, custom wagon, autocrosser…you get the picture. I’m not convinced that the boxy Volvo is the best car ever, […]
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.
The Volvo 780 was a limited production (~8,500 examples built from ’86-’91) 2-door coupe version of the popular 700-series sedan (’82-’92), of which 1.4 million were produced. The unique body was designed and built by Carrozzeria Bertone in Turin, Italy and was thankfully free from the silly vinyl top that covered the top of the earlier 262C Bertone Coupe. Find this 1989 Volvo 780 Bertone Coupe offered for $3500 in Southern Maine via facecoupe marrakesh.
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.