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Make & Model
Engine Size
1,986 cc
Chassis No.
Engine No.
V5C; copy old V5; Volvo books; 3 old MOTs; no current MOT, expired 2010

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1990 Volvo 240GL

Three owners from new and just 67,143 miles indicated; in storage since 2010 - runs and drives; ripe for recommissioning

The venerable 240 Volvo, part of the 200-series was produced between 1974 and 1993, almost 20 years during which time a staggering 2.8 million were sold worldwide.

Here we find a later, May 1990 240GL (Grande Luxe) example from 12 year ownership with just three owners from new. The car has been sitting in storage since 2010 and shows just 67,143 miles - almost unheard of for these cars, capable of galactic mileage (we had a cracker in the last sale showing 161,000 miles for example) being so well made, people often keep them for long periods finding them very comfortable and capable family cars.

The car was delivered to us by trailer given it has not had an MOT since 2009 at which point it had covered 67,004 miles with preceeding MOTs online showing the car to have covered 58,335 miles at MOT in April 2006 when the digitalisation began.  The car starts, runs and drove around for our images and video, and appeared to run normally, although it feels like there is a binding brake - no surprise given its been stored for 10 years. 

Finished in non-metallic blue with grey interior the car is original and intact with some localised scabbing to the bodywork, a small hole under the rear window and a few bits that will likely require attention to the lower arches/sill section.  Inside, its business as usual in that wonderfully 80s Scandinavian way with a simple, clear, unclustered dash with original radio cassette still present, working electric front windows and front seat heaters fitted.  Up front, the 2.0 'Red-block' B19 series petrol four-cylinder is driven to the rear wheels through 5-speed M47 series manual transmission which feels as though it works as it should.

Within the history file we find the V5C, copy old V5, 4 old MOTs, invoice for a battery and two Volvo books, one a history of Volvo from 1927 to 1989 and the second, a pocket mechanical guide to the 240 series.

An ideal candidate for a sympathetic recommissioning, the car will no doubt reward as a usable investment if kept standard and with lowish miles. We all have a bit of a soft spot for the rugged 240 here at Brightwells.

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