became a "Life member" of the Volvo Car Club of Victoria
for all the enthusiasm and work he (with his wife Pam) put in the Club
over the years. He has been involved with many Volvo Rally's and Club
outings all over Australia. He has owned many Volvo cars and the 242GT
has always been one of his favourites. Lance is the 242GT Register
Captain of his club.
silver limited edition Volvo 242GT was the first sports orientated Volvo
model since the 1800. They were built between 1978 - 1981. The
Australian and NZ versions had a 105kW (140bhp) version of the B23E fuel
injected engine with 10:1 compression ratio and an "H"
camshaft, front spoiler, stiffened suspension and accent striping on the
sides and boot lid. The window frames were matt black, a feature later
applied to all 240s.
Australia, some of the 600 cars sold, were turned into automatic
versions by a local garage although all 242 GTs had M46 (4-speed+OD)
gearbox as standard. There are probably only 20 Volvo 242GTs in New
Zealand, some imported from Australia.
Due to the deterioration in the silver paint a lot of cars were
converted to the shadow tone versions (special production run) by their
owners when repainted on the top half. Some owners removed the stripes.
It is difficult to find an original 242GT today. The majority have been
repainted. Some have been highly modified with V8 engines, other
personalised with different wheels, spoilers and other options.
Lance and his family have covered some 275,000kms in 3 GT's from 1983.
There is no real set price for these GTs as it depends on condition and
mileage, however the 242GT represents good value for money on today's