Illustration for article titled Blow The Past Out Of Your Mind, Blast A V8 Off The Road: The 1983 Volvo 240 Turbo!

In the final year of the Malaise Era, American car shoppers were still steamed about those muscle cars that were "legislated off the highways" (under pinko socialist Richard Nixon's watch). Then, from socialist Sweden, came the 240 Turbo!


Come to think of it, the Volvo 242 Turbo was a real muscle car, if you go by the proper definition: a mid-size family sedan with a powerful engine and a few macho decorative touches (no, the Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger were (and are) not true muscle cars, though the Magnum SRT-8 and its ilk are. Feel free to debate both sides of that argument until you're blue in the face, while enjoying the incredible 80s-ness of this ad.

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