Ultra-Rare Or Ultra-Custom 1982 Volvo 243 3-Door Crossbreed

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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?

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Illustration for article titled Ultra-Rare Or Ultra-Custom 1982 Volvo 243 3-Door Crossbreed
Illustration for article titled Ultra-Rare Or Ultra-Custom 1982 Volvo 243 3-Door Crossbreed
Illustration for article titled Ultra-Rare Or Ultra-Custom 1982 Volvo 243 3-Door Crossbreed

The story goes something like this: In 1982, Volvo set out to build its standard 242 coupe, but due to a certain malfunction at the factory the right side of the cars were produced with 244 sedan body panels. Volvo ended up shrugging its shoulders and continued the run for a total of 30 of these unique cars. It's said that upon completion of all 30 cars, Volvo sent them to Estonia to sell and offered them with a full factory warranty.

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The other story that's floating around is that the Swedish Police had commissioned Volvo to build a special 3-door cross breed between the 242 and 244 models. The reason behind this request was to maintain a single point of entry for the backseat occupants. The police scenario is a little more likely than a muck up at the factory, but a lack of evidence and Volvo cooperation has led to a dead end.

Yet another scenario is that this is a one-off custom job made in Estonia with a pretty vague wiki entry supporting its existence. We'll never truly know, but if it's a real-life factory job then we definitely need to locate one and add it to our resident Volvo-Man's collection.

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[via carlounge, wiki]

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DISCUSSION

Triborough
Triborough

In 1982, Estonia was part of the Soviet Union, so the theory of exporting cars to there seems a bit untrue.

Also, photos of more than one car in this configuration would also lead to a bit more proof. All we have here is photos of the same car in two different colours.

As for Wikipedia, I have put all sorts of fake stuff that has gone unchallenged for months at a time. My record is 27 months. It is a fun game to play with your friends and a way to show that Wikipedia is a complete and utter joke.