Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Volvo And An ARO On A Sunday...

1990 Volvo 240 - All of a sudden a lot of cool old Volvos are turning up.

This is a 49,000 mile car. It was purchased at an estate sale 2 years ago.

The seller says it has no rust and the "paint looks good with only a few very minor imperfections." He doesn't mention if it has a manual or automatic transmission, but states that the car "runs great, shifts smoothly." The "shifts smoothly" line makes me believe it's an automatic.

This is not the most exciting Volvo you can own, but with just 49,000 miles, it would be easy to get another 200K out of it. It would make a great commuter / everyday driver car.

Located in Hoover, AL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Clint for sending me the link to this car!

1996 (?) ARO Spartana - Are you kidding me? An ARO Spartana in North America?

Quick history: ARO was a Romanian off-road vehicle manufacturer. In the late 1990s, a US citizen by the name of John Perez bought 68% of ARO and was going to sell the ARO 244 in the US under the name Cross Lander 244X. That never happened and things got ugly. The Romanian government alleged that Perez falsified documents in order to acquire the company and filed charges against him. Eventually ARO shut down operations (the Romanian government claims that Perez sold off all of ARO's assets) as did, obviously, Cross Lander.

But I digress... The Spartana was never going to come to North America, so how this one got here is a mystery.

The Spartana is based on the ARO 10, the 244's baby brother. ARO started using the Spartana name in 1997. They built the vehicle until ARO's demise in 2006. It was available with gas and diesel engines, made by Renault, Daewoo, or Dacia.

This one apparently has the Renault 1.3 liter gas engine in it. That engine (at least in Renaults) produces about 54 HP, which I suspect makes this a pretty slow vehicle.

This is quite possibly one of the worst eBay ads I have ever seen. There is no information and just a few (older - 2012) pictures. Exercise due diligence before bidding on this vehicle.

This vehicle is not yet 25 years old. (The seller is listing it a 1996) It would be very difficult to bring into the US.

I would love to see (and drive) this thing in person.

Located in Coquitlam, BC, Canada, click here to see the eBay listing.


Anonymous said...

ARO was sold new in Canada for a while.

Just A Car Geek said...

I had no idea. I thought just the 244 made its way to North America. Thanks!!

(I need to move to Canada! ;-) )

Mike said...

Almost bought the Volvo. Was. All getting ready to send deposit when seller stated he sold it locally. Probably bought by a dealer who will flip it on ebay.

steve in podunk said...

That Volvo's on Bring a Trailer at a dealer now for like $12K. It's nice but that's just silly

steve in podunk said...

Just checked, it's not the same car and it's "only" $10,950

Just A Car Geek said...

The one on BaT has more miles, too.

I think Mike is right. This one will be on eBay in a few weeks at 10K, too.

A basic 240 with an automatic is a really cool daily driver, but nothing more. Asking collector car money is crazy.

Jon said...

The French site Leboncoin has quite a few ARO vehicles for sale, many dirt cheap. The nicest is an ARO M461, a copy of the Soviet era GAZ 69 from 1944.

CanadianPortugueseCarGuy said...

Too bad ARO never made a successful foray into the US market after that whole Crosslander failure.