Posts Tagged ‘wagon’

Opposite of Curvy – 1984 Volvo 240 DL TurboDiesel

July 11, 2016

With the giant charlie-foxtrot that is the plight of the only new manually-shifted turbodiesel car in North America, what possibilities are there for drivers who still lust after that formula? There’s not much on the new market, and now’s probably not the right time to trawl the market for a used VW TDI. So that leaves earlier used VWs, and European cars of the late 1970s and early 1980s like Peugeots, Mercedes, and the odd Volvo here and there. Sometimes you’ll have to turn to grey-market cars, like this 1984 Volvo 240 DL TurboDiesel for sale for $3100 in Clearview, WA.

1984 Volvo 240 TurboDiesel left front

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124 Times Two – 1973 Fiat 124 Wagon and 1972 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe

May 30, 2016

In recent years, VW seems to have cornered the market for affordable cars that are also fun to drive and reasonably attractive. But 40-50 years ago, that ball was solidly in Fiat’s hand, with their 124 series of sedan, wagon, coupe, and spider offering driving fun for all. In North America, there were different levels of driving fun with the 124, starting with the sedan and wagon, which were equipped with a 1438cc overhead valve engine giving 69-74hp and moving up to a 1592cc twin cam in 1973, giving a more fun 95hp. Further up, the coupe and the spider started with a 1438cc twin cam, moved on to 1592cc and 1608cc, then the 1756cc and finally the 1920cc twin cam. So basically, it is anyone’s guess what engine is in any of the surviving 124s, like this 1973 Fiat 124 wagon for sale for $2300 in Tigard, OR.

1973 Fiat 124 Wagon right front

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Volvo Show, Part 2 – 1990 Volvo 240 DL Wagon

May 25, 2016

If you’re looking for a deal on a Volvo, but the 242 GT is too boy-racer for you, how about a gold 240 wagon? Seriously, all it needs is a public radio sticker and a 1980s child seat in the back and you’ll throw every member of Generation X who grew up in a major urban area back in time. The great thing about the wagon is, you don’t give up anything in terms of the basic platform, and you get more room. To offset the extra weight of the slightly bigger body, the 240’s engine had an extra half point in compression by 1990, so you got a 7hp boost. And the same chassis and engine performance parts bolt on here, so you can have your cake and load it full of luggage too. Check out this 1990 Volvo 240 DL for sale for $4500 in northwestern (likely Portland) Oregon.

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