V8-powered Volvo 240s are as common as spray tans in Minnesota. Not that there's anything wrong with that (the swaps, not the tans). Hell, we built one and raced it. But one particular Scandinavian decided to take it to the next level with a V10 pulled from the last-gen BMW M5.
Somehow, opposite lock is better when it's an old white Volvo 242 instead of a bright green, heavily modified Nissan 240sx with a JDM nose.
Nobody pays much attention to the humble Swedish brick on the race track (unless it has a V8), but when the dust settles it turns out to be the most reliable LeMons race car in history! They have excellent brakes, well-made suspensions, and unkillable engines; solve the electrical problems and you've got a relentless…
A couple weeks back, we saw the vast quantities of Volvo 240s at an East Bay self-service wrecking yard, and the landscape looks pretty similar at another nearby yard.
A couple of years back, we saw that Volvo 240s were getting scrapped at a ferocious clip… and the process continues today. I visited my local self-service boneyard and found eleven 240s, out of 100 or so European imports.
This 1982 Volvo 243 could be one of the rarest Volvos ever produced or it could just be a nice custom job combining the best of the 242 and 244 models. So which is it?
The numbers of Volvos and Saabs seem to be on the decline at LeMons races, though we're still hoping somebody will show up with a 262C Bertone coupe.