1983 Volvo 242 Turbo

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Unrestored original
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Chassis No. YVIAX4727D2235725. Silver over black leather. 2127-cc, 161-hp turbocharged and intercooled L-4, automatic. Mudflaps, rear window slats, push-button radio, factory air conditioning.

Evaluation: Unrestored original | One of 500 “flat-hood” 242 Turbos built for Group A homologation. Owned for years by a couple who owned a Volvo service shop in California. Major service two years ago. Showing 179,675 miles, which isn’t anything to worry about in an old Volvo, but this car is definitely showing some wear and tear. Grimy but maintained engine bay. Lots of scuffs and blemishes in the paint. Split upholstery on the driver’s seat. Some of the interior plastic looks dull.

Bottom Line: A nifty if esoteric and somewhat rough piece of Volvo racing history. On the expensive side for a 200-series Volvo, but not at all bad for one so rare. Plus, these competition cars can reportedly be tuned into the neighborhood of 300 horsepower—a scintillating possibility for any enthusiast inclined toward Swedish Q-ships.

by Hagerty Editor
20 August 2020
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