Volvo 240 Classic

My friend's Volvo 240 Classic here in Denver - a few photos for you to enjoy. This 240 is dressed in Ruby Red, and is #420 of 1600.

My friend’s Volvo 240 Classic here in Denver – a few photos for you to enjoy. This 240 is dressed in Ruby Red, and is #420 of 1600.

240-classic

240-classic

240-classic

Between 1966 and 1993, Volvo’s bread-and-butter car was the stolid, safe and reliable 1966-74 140 Series and updated 1975-93 240 Series. Available in two-door sedan (through 1985), four-door sedan, and station wagon variants, they found favor with buyers wanting “a car to believe in” as Volvo’s tag line stated in the ’80s. But all good things must come to an end, and the new front wheel drive 850 was in line to replace the venerable 240. But not before one last fling.

Volvo knew that the 240 was much-loved, and to celebrate the car’s life from 1975-93, a final-edition Classic model was introduced. Available only in April and March of 1993, the Classic was very well equipped, and added niceties such as lacy-spoke alloys, wood trim on the instrument panel, color-keyed side-view mirrors and grille, and a color palette limited to Ruby Red or Dark Teal Green.

The special model was available in either sedan or wagon form, and only 1600 were available–the last 1600 Volvo 240s imported to North America. It truly was the end of an era. I was thirteen when this announcement was made, and it was like losing an old friend.

text courtesy Curbside Classic

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