Volvo 260-Series (1974 – 1980) Review

Volvo 260-Series (1974 – 1980) At A Glance


+Big, strong and practical

-Ugly, thirsty, Douvrin engine has issues

Even less attempt was made by Volvo to stylistically separate the four- and six-cylinder Volvo 200s, compared with the 144 and 164. Effectively the buyer who bought the six-cylinder car had an extra splash of chrome and and slightly larger grille (later adopted for the four cylinder car) to outwardly show for his extra money's investment.

The 264 saloon was launched at the same time as the 244/245; the 265 estate followed a year later. Both used the brand new 2664cc PRV V6 engine developed with Peugeot and Renault and built in the factory at Douvrin (the name many people referred to the engine by); a smooth motor especially in 140bhp fuel-injection form.

Flagship of the range was the 264TE , a Bertone-built stretched limousine, complete with a telephone and a fridge. Discontinued in 1980, and rendered obsolete by the faster and more economical 240GLT.

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