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Volvo 240 Turbo

After selling my Volvo Amazon 220 Combi to my brother and putting the white Volvo 240 DL (which I still have) in a barn (with the licence suspended) I bought a Volvo 240 Turbo which should be a hobby-project: the car had some little rust and the turbo was completely broken: it was making a lot of noise and used a lot of oil.

The Volvo 240 Turbo sedan was imported from the USA (California) in 1986 and was sold there in 1983. It was a nice red sedan with B21FT engine and AW71 automatic transmission. It has beige leather upholstery, electric windows and electronic adjustable mirrors, Virgo rims (of course: it’s a Turbo!), airco (not working) and a sunroof. All the Turbo-accessories and instruments were still there and working fine! After replacing the turbo the car really runs well! But because a ’86 745 Estate was for sale at the 700 Club I liked the idea having a Estate-car (which should become tax-free) instead, so I sold the 240 Turbo to someone who wanted to upgrade the car to a rally-version. The new owner is still working on the car.

Volvo 240 Turbo bignose image gallery

Here are some images of my Volvo 240 Turbo sedan. I really like the USA sealed beam headlights and the bignose front! Did you know this car was used in a movie and an article was written about the car in a Volvo club magazine? I never saw the promotional video where this 240 Turbo was used in, but thanks to a member of a Volvo forum I’ve got the Dutch article. Click on the images for a larger version (will open in a new tab).

 Volvo 244 Turbo USA bignose front
This picture was taken just after I bought the Volvo 240 Turbo, it’s pretty dirty
 Volvo 244 Turbo bignose before cleaning waxing
Even the Virgo rims are very dirty
 Volvo 240 Turbo sedan rear back view
As you can see the rear wheel arches have some rust and the bumper isn’t really mounted well
 Volvo 240 Turbo sedan light damage rust
Here you can see some other damage and the reason why the bumper isn’t mounted right: the previous owner had a small accident on the highway and hit the guardrail a bit


 Volvo 240 Turbo bad maintenance air filter
The Volvo 240 Turbo wasn’t maintained very well, as you can see at the air filter. But the turbo was broken, resulting in a oil-consuming and smoking engine. After replacing the turbo and replace a lot of ignition parts the 244 Turbo performed very nice!
 Volvo 244 Turbo B21FT automatic
After some cleaning and waxing the Volvo 240 Turbo looked a lot better!
 Volvo 240 Turbo USA mileage speedometer miles
If you’re used to have a speedometer and odometer in kilometres it’s pretty hard to get used to a speedometer in miles. The Volvo 240 Turbo was imported from California and has a speedometer which goes to 80 miles per hour since it was a mandatory to have such a speedometer at that time in California
 Volvo 240 Turbo USA beige light brown interior dash
The interior of the Volvo 240 Turbo, with leather upholstery. I really like the light brown top cover of the dashboard, which was not standard in Europe (you’ll get a black dash cover instead)


 Volvo 240 Turbo sedan USA red metallic paint
The red metallic paint is looking very nice on the Volvo 240 Turbo
 Volvo 240 Turbo instruments dials
The extra instruments of the Volvo 240 Turbo, very cool!
 Volvo 240 Turbo front USA sealed beams bignose
I really like the USA headlights and bignose front of this Volvo 240 Turbo
 Volvo 240 Turbo B21FT full options saloon
This Volvo 240 Turbo has a lot of nice options and the B21FT engine performs really good


 Volvo 240 Turbo 1983 light brown leather seats upholstery interior
The driver’s seat of my Volvo 244 Turbo needed a new foam, but the leather upholstery was in pretty good condition but needed some extra care
 Volvo 240 Turbo automatic USA bignose front
Another view of the bignose front. As you can see the mirrors are pretty worn: the coating of the electric mirrors of this Volvo 240 is coming off, a very common issue
 Volvo 240 Turbo Dutch article page 1
The Dutch article about my Volvo 240 Turbo, written by the first Dutch owner. It’s a pretty cheesy article, so you don’t miss a lot if you can’t read it
 Volvo 240 Turbo Dutch article page 2
Page 2 of the Dutch article in a Volvo club magazine. Tthe author of the article didn’t have photos of the 240 Turbo itself, so he used photos of a Volvo-dealer

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