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Volvo 260-Series (1974 - 1980)

Last updated 11 December 2018


Buying Guide


  • Built like a tank. Pioneered a lot of secondary safety features.
  • 15' 7" estate cars have long load decks and will take fairly large items of furniture if you don't mind blotting out your rear view.
  • Capable of Starship Enterprise mileages.
  • 2,127cc carb engine had 107bhp; 2,127cc injected engine put out 123bhp, both with 4-speed manual or 3-speed auto; 2,316cc carb engine had 110bhp; with 4 or 5-speed manual or 3-speed auto; 2,316 with injection put out 116bhp. 2,316 GLT injected engine had 136bhp.
  • Later 1,986cc injected engine had 118bhp or 111bhp with cat. 2,809cc injected V6 had 155bhp.
  • Didn't weigh as much as a tank, though: from 1,270kg to 1,470kg.
  • Seem to resist rust very well.
  • Many still lumbering around.
  • Can be bought very cheaply and give years of work.
  • No cat converters to worry about except on the very last cars.


  • A dinosaur to drive.
  • Some drivers think that the safety features make them 'safe', but heaven help the rest of us.
  • Hideous looks.
  • Appalling steering.
  • Horrible handling.
  • Wallows like a hippo in a mudbath.
  • Load platform is high and rear overhang too long which make an overloaded 240 estate doubly dangerous.


  • Kerbed front suspension (all too easy with no steering 'feel' at all).
  • Saggy springs.
  • Soggy shock absorbers.
  • Rust does eventually attack these cars.


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