240, which was by far the most popular and best-selling model of the 200
series throughout its life, it was based on the final version of the 140
and on the VESC (Volvo Experimental Safety Car).
With the introduction of this car Volvo also introduced new
B21 4-cylinder engine. It had a cast iron block and a 5-bearing
crankshaft and a belt driven overhead camshaft. The engine had a
capacity of 2127cc with outputs of 97hp for the B21A carburettor version
and 123hp for the B21E injection version. The 1976 and later B21A
versions had a new camshaft which increased the output to 100 bhp. The production
of the 240 started in 1974. Volvo's management hoped that the
revitalised new series would still be modern a year or so into the
1980ís. Little did they suspect that a legend had been born.
Especially the estate version is a legend, because the last 240 Estate
was produced in 1993. Imagine a car that has been produced for 19 years.
The 240 estate is by most people known is the 245. A total of
959,151 Volvo 245ís have been built. The last 245 that left the
production line can be seen in the Volvo museum in Gothenburg Sweden.
My car (a 245GL) shown on the pictures was built in the last quarter of
1978. Iím the third owner of the car. The second owner was the father
of a friend who died in 1993. Six months after his death my friend asked
me if I was interested in buying the 245 from his mother.
The car has a B21-A engine and the standard
M45 gearbox. At the moment (March 2003), it has done about
During a storm in January 2007, this car was destroyed. Photos below
taken by phone camera.
How Many people in a 245
Colleagues of Wouter gave him a present for his 25 years service at,
Philips Medical, Eindhoven. It was a surprise video of an attempt to break
the carrying capacity record of his 245.
The aim was to get 25 people in his car, all done without his knowledge. They
managed to get 19 people in. I don't think they are very comfortable in
his car !