I was reading Future next gen 2000 owner’s post about a cheap Volvo S40, and it brought a memory back in this old skull of mine. A few years ago, I was thinking about converting a Volvo 240DL into a pickup. It made perfect sense to me. I love older Volvos, I love older pickups, and at the time, the old bricks were still a dime a dozen. There’s approximately 2-4 times a year when having a truck would kinda come in handy for me. Not enough justification to buy a truck. But to have one as a project? Two birds, one stone, and so forth.
So I head over to Autotrader to see what the current 240 market looks like. Sure enough, prices have climbed a bit for clean examples, but they still are on the whole not unreasonable. And there’s definitely less inventory than their used to be. But that’s to be expected. These cars were workhorses, often being passed from new driver to new driver within a family until they absorbed as many french fries, hair gel, and farts one could ask of their trusted steed.
And then I saw this one. Wow, I don’t remember seeing one that clean since they were still on showroom floors. And that price, $19,000. Holy crap on a crap cracker. But still, it looks like the car has never even been sat in. I’m guessing someone really loved this car. Only thing I’m noticing is the corner lenses on the front. Weren’t they orange from the factory? The price is outrageous to me, but I’m still impressed that someone kept their “boring family car” in such amazing condition after 35 years.