Tuesday, August 9, 2011

2 Quick Volvos...

Here are a pair of Volvos. Neither are stock. Both are most likely very fast. Each owner / builder took a different approach to get there...

1979 Volvo 262C - The 262C is quite possibly the most controversial Volvo ever built. This car was aimed squarely at the American market. The story goes that after some Volvo execs saw a couple of Lincoln Mark coupes, they decided that the North Americans would like a Volvo version of the same. This car was their idea of what we would like. Essentially it's a Volvo 262 with a chopped roof.

Who designed the roof is part of this car's controversy. Originally it was said that Bertone did the styling, but later Bertone denied that, saying that they only built the car. The car sold for around the price of a BMW 5 Series and it didn't sell very well. Only 6600 were built during its 4 year run.

The owner of this Volvo 262C used a very traditional method of gaining horsepower. He took out the Volvo PRV V6 and replaced it with a Chevy 350 small block V8.

This car needs some work. The (automatic) transmission has no 3rd or 4th gears. It has some rust around the windshield and the heater core has been bypassed.

The seller is asking a very realistic $1000.00 for the car. If you don't mind the looks of the 262C and have the time to make this car right, you'll have a very unusual, very fast car for very little money.

Located in Stamford, CT, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Cory, for sending me the link to this car!

1970 Volvo 142 - The Volvo 1 Series cars were the first of the square Volvos. They were roomy, safe and durable, but not especially exciting to drive.

This car is most likely very exciting to drive.

The owner of this car took a different route than the owner of the 262C did in improving his Volvo. He swapped his older Volvo engine for a newer fuel injected Volvo engine. He then spent enough money with Volvo performance company, IPD, to pay someone's salary there for half-a-year.

The engine has been modified, as has been pretty much everything else on this car. Essentially, if it makes it move, stop or handle, it has been modified.

This car needs a few little items to be perfect, but all-in-all it's in very nice shape.

Located in Portland, OR, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Marc, for sending me the link to this car!


m4ff3w said...

I'm not a fan of the 262C, it's just too Gangster for me.

The 780 Bertone though, that is a nice looking car.

I really like that 140 though.

enmotors said...

The 262 has really grown on me. Such an ugly duckling! It’s been on my list for a while. This one looks like a deal. Sweet 140.

Chris Keen said...

I wonder if the 262C would look better painted all in one dark color to take advantage of that chop-top look... but I really want that 142.

TGM said...

Nice 140. I had a 144S (actually two of them) and did the GT panel swap, which is a great upgrade. This is about as good a 142 as I've seen. I like the upgrades and the interior/seats. I don't like the blacked out wheels, it screams "teen driver" to me. There are lots of great period correct (silver) wheels that would look great on this car. It looks kinda low too, but hard to tell from the photos. The car must fly with that B20. JaCG did a great job describing the fact that old volvo's are durable and safe, but not especially exciting to drive. As a person that has owned a few (includng a P1800 and Amazon), I agree with that, but would rather say that classic volvo's generally feel 10 years older than they are in terms of technology (not necessarily a bad thing). When you drive a 65 1800S, it feels like a 50's car, and so does an Amazon. This 140 handles like a 60's car. Volvo kept things simple and a bit old fashioned during that time, but that's why they are so safe and durable. If you want to go screaming around corners get something Italian or German instead.