LS Swap Anyone? 1976 Volvo 242 Two-Door Sedan – $4,000
While we’ve posted a fair number of Volvo 240 Estates for our Wagon Wednesday features, this 1976 242 Coupe currently listed here on Craigslist in Bal Cynwyd, Pennsylvania is the first two-door coupe we feel is worthy of mention on our website. The private seller and apparent Volvo enthusiast currently has his 242 offered at $4,000, which relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide confirms he has his two-door box priced $900 more than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $3,100. If you are serious about purchasing this Volvo, you can start the conversation by e-mailing the seller here.
With it’s faded blue repaint sanded to expose much of the factory orange hue, we agree with the current caretaker’s decision to keep the patina look on the virtually rust-free body. In addition to his honest description, the private seller provides a link to many more pictures showing how rust free his 242 is:
While this Volvo enthusiast is willing to provide the next caretaker the parts need to convert the factory automatic to a five-speed car, we’d take him up on the pedal set and clutch slave cylinder as we’ll need it for the Tremec T56 manual we would mount behind the LS V8 motor we’d stuff in the engine bay of this potential sleeper. A V8 in a Volvo you say? Yes, the combination of a wide engine bay afforded by the MacPherson strut front suspension combined with a stout rear wheel drive chassis make the Volvo 200 series an excellent candidate to stuff a V8 into. Combine that with some readily available brake and suspension upgrades you have a very cool sleeper that will make you hero at any Cars & Coffee event as well as test your skills at a nearby drifting event.
Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1976 242 from Arizona B21 normally aspirated 4 cylinder engine runs great. These engines can go hundreds of thousands of miles.
Odometer shows 44k it was broken when I got it. I fixed it I don’t know real miles.
Automatic transmission working well buy full 5 speed swap parts can be added for additional cost.
No rust on this ride. I like the paint like this so I left it. I bought the car because it was Orange from the factory. It was painted metallic blue an the AZ sun worked its magic killing the blue and I pressure washed most of the rest off.
Blue cloth interior from newer 240 90’s 4 door car and one 80’s 2 door seat with different blue cloth seat. Green original carpet and brown door panels.
Struts done, new fuel pumps, brakes all work well. Heater core replaced and new blower motor. AC is there but does not work.
This has been my daily driver for the past two years.
No sunroof 16′” Volvo Hydra wheels
roll up windows and single round headlights with the most desirable flat hood
I just replaced the golf club (short wedge) that was holding the trunk open with a longer golf club (Wooden driver) It holds the Boot open much more better. I have the pistons for the lid but like this way better it seems to be original equipment.
added close up’s of normal 240 problem areas https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1s-wa3aXZvUwNhkH1tp4j_VYaAdGy9SW4
I have all the parts to make it a stick shift just been enjoying it this way…
Has new Blaupunkt AM-FM-Streaming radio and front door only speakers. USB out will charge your phone.
New heater core and fan motor. I have the black plastic mirrors from a 1981 but also have the chrome ones it came with.“
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