East Bay Volvo Stereotypes Confirmed By Junkyard Visit

As we saw a while back, the onslaught of the all-conquering Toyota Prius has been booting hundreds of once-cherished East Bay Volvo 240s into the local wrecking yards. In some ways it's a shame for such well-built machines to be cast aside like that, but it's a boon to those of us who want to build race cars out of… » 2/27/08 2:00pm 2/27/08 2:00pm

What Happens When The Prius Conquers Berkeley? Volvo Valhalla!

Berkeley and its nearby East Bay cities (including Alameda) have long been inhabited by legions of folks who swear the Volvo 200 series was the Best Car Ever Made. You'd have to pry their cold, dead fingers from the ignition key of that beloved mustard-yellow 245 or brick-red DL before they'd give up driving their… » 2/14/08 11:15am 2/14/08 11:15am

The Argentinean Mercedes 240 of Produce

This relic of Argentina's Dirty War era may once have carried movie stars, heads of state or even racing drivers. Now, alas, its hydraulically operating doors only provide cover for street produce. Actually, the long, long wheelbase 240, workhorse of South American taxidom during the malaise era, is a perfect carrier… » 10/17/07 12:30pm 10/17/07 12:30pm

Lotus Exige Sport 240 to Debut at Sydney Show

Lotus Australia says it's producing a market-specific 'roo runner based on the supercharged Lotus Exige 240 Cup. It'll debut in October at the Australian International Motor Show. Powered by a now-familiar Toyota-sourced / Lotus tweaked 1.8-liter intercooled four, the Sport 240 produces 240 hp and will be the first… » 8/27/07 8:23am 8/27/07 8:23am

ForbesAutos Whips Out List Of Cheapest Billionaires

We've got to give ForbesAutos some credit. They're most often known for their lists of the most expensive and most prestigious car lists around. This time they've gone a bit sideways, looking for the players with the most bank, but with the least prestigious cars. That's right — there's a great number of folks with… » 3/09/07 9:45am 3/09/07 9:45am

Circle the Wagon: Wacky Mercedes-Based Custom; and It's for Sale

Before there was Photoshop, car-design freakers had to use actual sheetmetal to render their creations. This meant the truly outlandish ones, envisioned by nutcases or absinthe abusers, wound up existing in the physical world. To wit: Here's a mashup of two 1983 Mercedes-Benz 240 wagons and a Chrysler Imperial. It's… » 10/12/06 11:58am 10/12/06 11:58am