Low mileage may be all the rage when vehicles are paraded across the block at collector car auctions. But there’s something to be said for classic cars that have proven themselves through many years and many, many miles of service.
Right up front, the seller notes that this station wagon has traveled 285,000 miles.
Nonetheless, the Volvo presents well in the photos that are part of the advertisement, perhaps in part because it was repainted and clear-coated in 2014, has had its suspension components replaced, and rides on 15-inch alloy wheels from a Volvo 740 Turbo, and those wheels got new tires only 650 miles ago. The wagon also has re-upholstered seats and cargo area.
The seller has seven years of service records and points out “some bubbling paint, small chips on body, right rear corner of hood not quite flush with fender, heater valve needs replacing.”
We all should look so good and with so few flaws after 285,000 miles. The seller notes that the engine is original to the car (which likely means it is a 2.1 liter 4-cylinder with 102 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque) and is backed by an automatic transmission.
“Runs great and is in overall excellent mechanical condition,” the seller adds.
So why is this vintage ride for sale?
“My wife and I decided to upgrade our cars and actually buy something manufactured in the 21st century,” the seller reports, adding that involved buying a 2009 Toyota Venza.
The seller adds that the family had been driving Volvo 240s since 1997.
“While my boys were in high school, we had three 240s – a 1976 245 DL, a 1978 245 DL, and a 1980 244 DL. My boys drove the ’76, the ’78 was my work car, the ’80 my wife’s work car.
“When my oldest son attended college, we bought a 1991 Volvo 244 for him to use, which he now has in Ridgecrest, CA, still running great. When my youngest son graduated college, he took the ’76 with him to Houston, TX and it is still running great.”
Modernizing with the Toyota still left four cars, “so we decided we needed to let one of them go.
“My oldest son has asked for the’80 Volvo when my wife and I retire. That will bring our fleet down to two cars. As you can see, our family loves the 240 series Volvos and have found them to be great cars.”
To that point, the seller says of the Pick of the Day, “I have driven this car for 12 years, and as far as I know am the third owner. I had a ’88 740 Turbo wagon which was T-boned, and I needed another car. I found this ’78 for sale and ready to go. As you can see from the photos it has turbo wheels, which came from the ’88 Volvo.
“Other than the wheels, I have kept it as original as possible. I have taken impeccable care of all of my Volvos. In turn, they have provided my family with reliability, safety, practicality and it seems, lately, social status.
“My son’s ’76 Volvo has 450K miles, my wife’s 80 Volvo 300k, and my ’78 Volvo 285K.
“I have received many compliments on this car, both for its appearance and the way it runs. I have changed the oil religiously every 2,500-3,000 miles. The overall condition of the exterior and interior is just beautiful. I believe there are still many thousands of miles left in this ’78 245 DL and with tender care and regular maintenance will last many more years.”
The Volvo wagon is for sale for $11,000, which the seller says is the NADA valuation of the car.