The Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In postulates a bullied boy inviting an un-dead tween into his life. Similarly, today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Volvo has invited in an SBC, but will it suck your wallet dry?
Okay, full disclosure- I knew yesterday's 2006 BMW Z4 M was blatantly a scam, I just wanted to see who was paying attention. Kind of shockingly, it turns out only 52.09% of you were. Most of you found that scamalicious Z4 to be unfitting as a challenge, but it was kind of like an aperitif to today's main course, which is a Volvo 240 Coupe, a car that's squarer than the proverbial meal.
It's been a while since we've been graced with a Volv8, and usually when dropping a big American
girlfriend V8 in a Swede's ample engine bay it's a wagon that's the beneficiary. That's not the case here, as this custom 240 is attempting to be the Nordic coupe de grâce.
The seller here suffers from All-Capititis, but that shouldn't reflect poorly on the car, and with a reasonably fresh (3,000-mile) 350 V8 and six speed manual gearbox, it potentially could shout as loudly in the real world as its ad does in the virtual one. Along with the Chevy mill and Tremec cogs, the builder has added an aluminum radiator to keep things cool, new brakes all the way around, and IPD anti-roll bars to keep it from cornering on its door handles.
That is, if it had any handles. Instead, it uses poppers to procure passage through its pair of portals, and having the door handles shaved, as well as most all the trim and badging, gives this 240 the look of a smooth operator. The seller sends a shout out to its lack of rust, working (and non-leaking) sunroof, and sextet of led taillamps. Those lights make the Volvo look like a Ferrari 365 GT4 suffering Elephantiasis of the ass, although the equally massive hunk of aluminum and rubber below them throws the image off considerably. Up front the seller has clubbed the sealed beams for a pair of huge igloo block lamps from the euro edition. In fact, everything is over-sized on this car, from the bumpers to the number of tail lights, to the big white shift knob between the re-covered seats.
Under those thrones fit for King Carl is new wall-to-wall, and you can judge your manicure situation while gripping the thin wooden Nardi wheel which brightens an otherwise coal bin of an interior. What's not to like you might ask? Well, tinted windows for one thing, plus there's no heater presently in the car, and the fuel pump leaks so if you're a smoker you might want to steer clear. The speedo and tach have yet to be introduced to the new drivetrain components, and the wheels are kind of craptacular. Oh, and then there's the small issue of the $6,900 price.
A lot of work has been put into making this Volv8 what it is today, and while that shouldn't play a major role the ultimate value equation, you can at least appreciate whether or not the changes made appeal to your inner Sven. What do you think, is this modified and Chevy-fied Volvo coupe a deal at a Benjamin-shy of seven grand? Or, is that a sum not worth its parts?
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