Volvo 240 Turns 40 Years Old

By | August 15, 2014
When you think of Volvo, often the first thing that comes to mind is an old station wagon. And the model that perhaps perpetuated this stereotype is the Volvo 240. Volvo has produced more 200 series cars than any other model in its 87 year history. This month, the iconic Volvo 240 turns 40 years old. The Volvo 240 evolved from the 140 series, but came with a series of improvements. The new car incorporated many of the same features as the Volvo VESC ESV prototype, which was an experiment in improving car safety. With larger front and rear crumple zones and a longer overall body, the 240 helped solidify Volvo's reputation for safety and durability. Over 2.8 million Volvo 240 cars until the final car rolled off the line in 1993.
During its production, the Volvo 240 came with a wide variety of engine options. First off was a 97 hp carburetor version and a 123 hp fuel injection version. Later, the Volvo 240 came available with six-cylinder and five-cylinder diesel engines courtesy of Volkswagen, and a turbocharged version launched in 1981. Several body styles were produced, including two, four, and five-door versions. An exclusive coupe version was built between 1977 and 1981. A special limousine version was also offered. While it may not be the most famous classic car, the Volvo 240 has a legacy all its own. It would become a successful race car and receive awards for safety. In 1978, it was even named the cleanest car in the U.S. by the California Air Resources Board. The Volvo 240 is still a favorite among collectors today. Source: Volvo