Thursday, October 6, 2011

1985 Volvo 240 Turbo North American Police Cruiser

This is cool.

This is a 1985 Volvo 240 Turbo police cruiser. It was used by a town in Maine. I vaguely remember reading about a few US cities using Saabs as cruisers, but I wasn't aware of any Volvos.

This was sent to me by Just a Car Geek reader, Jud. It's his car, so I'll quote from his email...

(This is) an '85 Volvo 240 turbo, but it has the very rare police package. It was actually a cruiser in Scarborough Maine back in the late 80's. It has all the police and taxi goodies including rubber floors, vinyl/fabric seats, gooseneck lights on the b-pillars, billy club holder, and a massive dome light. These came with bigger ball joints, tie rods, and a beefier driveshaft, but I have not compared them with standard ones so I don't know if they are still there.

It was resprayed at some point to a good standard. I'd give it an 8/10. The underbody is rock solid. It has 192k miles, and runs great. It's the tightest/quickest 240 I've ever driven (I've had 5 and driven many more, and I also have a 122 wagon) I know 240's inside and out and this is one of the best in the area. It was just inspected last week, and have all the slips for the work I've done to it. A few weeks ago I replaced the rear shocks, rear calipers, pads all around, and master cylinder. I pushed clean fluid through the whole system.

I'm asking $5500.00 for the car; which I know is all the money for a 240 turbo. Although it's not perfect, it's far nicer than most.


Granted, $5500.00 is a lot for a 240 Turbo, but how many US spec 240 Turbo police cars can there be in North America? Given it's unusual province, the price is not outrageous.

Jud has 17 pictures on a Photobucket album, which you can find here.

This car is located in Portland, Maine. If you'd like to get in touch with Jud, send me an email and I'll put you in touch with him.

2 comments:

Brian said...

Hi, My name is Brian and I'd like to speak with you about your blog, please email me at your earliest convenience.

Thatsaabguy said...

The Dayton, Ohio enclave of Oakwood used them for many years in the '80's, painted the same horrible day-glo yellow as the fire trucks (supposedly because they had paint left over...)