Volvo 240-Series (1974 - 1993)
Last updated 8 March 2013
Because there are so many Volvo 240s still in use today, it's sometimes hard to see them as classic cars. But with a launch date of 1974, and a large and loyal following, these workhorses tick the 'classic' box more readily than you might think.
What this tough-mobile lacked in style, it more than made up for in safety and sales. The cars – the 242 was the two-door; 244 was the four-door saloon; the 245 the estate – were based on the 140. However, the fronts were re-engineered for MacPherson strut suspension and a new nose. The interiors were refitted, and made even more impact-friendly, and those all-important impact bumpers were made ever larger and more absorbant.
Aside from Volvo’s existing 1986cc engine, a new overhead-cam 2127cc unit featured; this rose to 2315cc in 1978. 1980 saw the arrival of the more sporting GLT model. Facelifted in 1981 and given smaller bumpers, all were re-christened the 240s, no matter the body-style. They even had some motor sport success, winning the European Touring Car Championship - with the aid of a turbocharger and improbable amounts of boost. The last were built in 1993; as durable in lifespan as they were in quality and strength.Next: Buying Guide