1978 Volvo 242

In case you haven’t noticed, we like Swedish cars here at GCFSB. They embody a lot of the sturdy, well-engineered qualities as the cars from Germany possess. Perhaps one of the most Germanic of all Swedish machines was the Volvo 240 series. Known in some circles as “the brick,” these cars lasted in production for 21 years, all the way to the early 1990s. Many of these cars are still on the road today and beloved by their owners. This 242 for sale in New York is quite possibly the best preserved example of a two-door model I’ve ever seen.

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Year: 1978
Model: 242
Engine: 2.1 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 62,846 mi
Price: $8,400 Buy It Now

1978 VOLVO 242 … 62,846 Original Miles

Engine: Fuel Injected 4 Cyl, 2.1L
Transmission: Manual
Exterior: Green
Interior: Tan
Body Style: Coupe
VIN: VC24245L1132987

This Volvo comes to us from Washington state, it has Manual gearbox, Tape / AM / FM, Manual windows and door locks. The paint looks original with absolutely no rust anywhere on the car. Car comes with books and some records. This baby also has New tires, New timing kit, New exhaust including new catalytic converters, New u-joints, Complete tune-up, Brake job as well as New interior.

It will be sold with a clear title and it will be sold as-is, where-is.


I came close to buying a 1980 Volvo 240 for my first car. I kind of regret I didn’t go through with it because every person I know who has owned one of these boxy Swedes raves about them. They were almost akin to a Nordic version of the Mercedes-Benz W123, which is to say not a flashy car, but rather, indestructible. Considering the asking price, there are a lot of other luxurious, sporty machinery out there you could opt for, but the level of originality is impressive here and it wouldn’t surprise me if some Volvo nut comes along and snags it for the full ask. I could just imagine that if you drove a car like this through the middle of Brooklyn, you would have ever hipster in the neighborhood eating their heart out.


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  1. I love the occasional Swedish (Volvo) entires at GCFSB. This is a super nice entry into the collector car world with a Volvo that will get more than its fair share of attention at a cars and coffee and especially at a Volvo meet (or Carlisle). The only negative I can say about the car is it doesn’t have AC but that would be super easy to sure with so many 240’s still on the road and some just entering the salvage yard systems. Parts are generally available for older Volvo’s and the Volvo community is super strong and many online forums to help you wrench on your car.

  2. So pedestrian, yet so cool. I have had two 240s myself, both nearly indestructible. In contrast to the above comment, I never thought the AC in the 240 was worth a damn anyways so i doubt it is worth retrofitting this car. I think this car needs a chrome roof rack to complete the look too.

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