1975 Volvo 244 Saloon 2 owners 71k MOT Nov 2020 SOLD
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|A rare sight on our roads nowadays - a stunning and iconic Swedish legend - the Volvo 244 DL saloon.|
At a glance:
1975 Volvo 244 DL
2.1 litre B21A engine
4 door saloon
Only 71,981 miles
Only 2 owners - the first from 1975 to 1995 (20 years) and the second from 1995 to present in 2019 (24 years)
Registered as a historic vehicle, so MOT, TAX and ULEZ exempt.
MOT until November 2020 with no advisories - even though it is now MOT exempt
In August 1974, Volvo presented a new generation of cars - the now legendary 240 and 260 Series. These new models had been developed from the 140 series and were very similar to their predecessors. The changes included a new front, large bumpers and a further-developed chassis, featuring a front-wheel suspension system of the McPherson type. The new 240/260 family had been developed with rigorous safety requirements in mind. They were, in fact, so rigorous that the car was used as the standard car for safety developments by the authorities in the USA.
The Volvo 240 and 260 series were introduced in the autumn of 1974, and was initially available as seven variations of the 240 Series (242L, 242DL, 242GT, 244DL, 244GL, 245L and 245DL) and two variations of the 260 Series (264DL and 264GL). The 240 Series was available in saloon (with two or four doors) or estate, whilst the 260 Series was available as a coupé (262C Bertone), four-door saloon, or estate. The 200 looked much like the earlier 140 and 164, as they shared the same body shell and were largely the same from the cowl rearward. However, the 200 incorporated many of the features and design elements tried in the Volvo VESC ESV in 1972, which was a prototype experiment in car safety. The overall safety of the driver and passengers in the event of a crash was greatly improved with very large front and rear end crumple zones. Another main change was to the engines, which were now of an overhead cam design.
The front end of the car was also completely restyled with a "shovel nose" which closely resembled that of the ESV prototype vehicle – that being the most obvious change which made the 200 Series distinguishable from the earlier 140 and 160 Series. The 200 Series was almost identical to the 140 and 160 Series from the bulkhead to the very rear end. In 1978, a facelift meant a redesigned rear end for sedans, with wraparound taillights and a trunk opening with a lower lip. The dashboard was derived from the safety fascia introduced for the 1973 model year 100 Series - the main change for the 200 Series was the adoption of slatted "egg crate" style air vents in place of the eyeball style vents used in the 140/160 and the square clock. All models were available with a choice of four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission.
Volvo's 240 model almost became a classic in its own lifetime as it was produced for nearly 20 years. On two occasions, the car was given a major facelift, for the 1981 and 1986 model years. In all, more than 2.8 million cars in the 240/260 series were built.
This car is the 1975 model year 244 DL presented in Caribbean Red (paint code 117-1), with the B21A variant engine with single Stromberg carburetor. It is the earliest version of large bumper model from the first two years of production and is very similar internally and externally to its predecessor the 144. It boasts a wealth of retro features such as wind up windows, manual choke, no power steering, four speed gearbox and retro 70s cloth and vinyl interior - the smell of which reminds me of my childhood...
Despite this high volume production, there are only 53 of the 244 DL models licensed and in use on UK roads, and there appears to be only 6 of the 244 DL models from 1975 still in regular use. This gives you an indication of just how rare this car is, and how exclusive ownership would be. You are most unlikely to drive past another one!
The car has covered a very low 71,981 miles at the time of writing, an average of roughly 1,600 miles per year. It is understood that the car was in dry storage for a number of years whilst in the second owner's care.
On the road:
The car drives very well, considering its 1960s design - it’s a real pleasure on any journey, be it long or short. The car starts first time and ticks over like a Swiss watch. The car has a few limitations of the era - such as no power steering steering, whilst the smooth engine and recently short shift gear selector give it a purposeful gear change. The car pulls well with a pleasing exhaust note and wafts along in a truly retro fashion. At the time it was far more durable, solid and safer than the competition.
The Volvo B21 was a slant straight-four engine first used in the Volvo 200 series, meant to replace the B20. The B21 and all derived engines are often referred to as red block engines for the red paint applied to the block. The primary differences when compared to the B20 was the switch to a SOHC in place of the older pushrod configuration, and an aluminium crossflow cylinder head versus the iron head of the B20. The 1974 240 series retained the B20A inline-four engine from the 140 Series in certain markets, with the new B21A engine available as an option on the 240 DL models. The new B21 engine was a 2,127 cc, four-cylinder unit, which had a cast-iron block, a five-bearing crankshaft, and a belt-driven overhead camshaft. This engine produced 97 PS (71 kW) for the B21A carburettor 242DL, 244DL and 245DL.
The four-speed manual gearbox is very engaging to drive with a short and very positive gear selection, reminiscent of the early MX-5.
The car has 12 months MOT (passed first time, with no advisories) which is valid until 14th November 2020, but as the car is now MOT exempt, the next owner can have it MOT'd on a discretionary basis if they wish. It is also tax exempt and ULEZ exempt - all of which are considerable advantages.
This is a well kept and much loved classic, in lovely condition throughout. Corrosion can be the major Achilles heel of these classic Volvos, but the sills and structure are very solid with no evidence of significant or structural corrosion anywhere on the car. It has had a lot of recent investment, new exhaust, prop shaft, new alternator, new steering box and various other mechanical refurbishments and has clearly been cherished in the past. The car was most likely garaged for much of its life judging by the absence of structural rot, and may perhaps have had an older restoration at some point. All in all I think anyone with reasonable expectations will be delighted with this exceptionally rare car. It's always difficult to convey the condition of any car in words, this one is wonderfully original but not perfect (no 45 year old car ever is!) so it is always best to get in touch and come and see this lovely car in person to assess its true condition.
The value of these cars is likely to go one way in the future. The rusty old examples are vanishing rapidly and the good ones are becoming far more scarce. The value of classic Volvos in general and the later 240s seems to be rocketing - a 240 estate in decent condition but not concours, with 125k miles sold at a classic auction locally for over £7000! So it could be that early Volvos will be an appreciating asset.
This is a lovely retro vehicle, incredibly rare to find in any condition. It draws admiring glances all the time, with oodles of charm, character and style, and these days looks unlike anything else on the road. The colour is beautiful and shows off the flowing lines and finesse of the fabulous 1970s design. People literally stop in their tracks and look, as these wonderful cars are a less common sight on our roads. If I were forced to choose one of the current stock of vehicles to tuck into a barn for a decade and watch the value rise, I think this would have to be the one.
Please feel free to call or email me for further information. I’m more than happy to have a chat about this wonderful Volvo and you are welcome and positively encouraged to come to view. I hope you will appreciate that this is an honest car, honestly priced and honestly sold.
Please call me on the details below or email via the 'email the seller' link at the top of the page. Viewings by arrangement, at a time convenient to you, in our indoor showroom - whatever the weather!
The car is located in Lymington on the southern edge of the New Forest approximately 30 minutes by road from Bournemouth and Southampton. ?If you wish I am happy to collect you from Brockenhurst station which is only 90 minutes from London Waterloo on the mainline from London to Weymouth and Poole, with direct trains also calling at Brockenhurst from Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford, Reading etc.
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