SwedeSpeed - Volvo Performance Forum banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I would love for the company to resume production of the beloved 240 series. I would like to see a petition started which will get submitted to the Volvo branch of Ford to renew production of the classic, adorable 240 series. I have owned five of these cars since 1997 and want a brand new one! Volkswagen did it with the Beetle, and enjoyed much success. Let's get it done with the 240 Volvo!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
395 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (Seeded)

Granted, it would be very cool to have modern variants of Volvo classics, but going retro or reviving old lines isn't for Volvo, at least not right now. The biggest reason for doing either of these is to try and re-establish some production focus or wipe off some latter-year baggage that an earlier rendition didn't have -- in short, exactly what American auto manufacturers should be (and are) doing. <p>But for many years Volvo has been moving in a very steady, solid, forward manner. Their designs are always fresh, yet details might span decades back. These guys know how to exploit legacy while staying modern.<p>My biggest apprehension right now is the interior quality of the new generation of cars. The S40/V50 are pioneering what the new Volvo interior is, and there is a very blatant difference in quality between the older P2 cars and the P1 cars. Now it makes sense that the cheaper interior would be in the cheaper cars, but too much of that cheaper feel made its way into the new C70. I'm still reserving judgement until the new S80 is on showroom floors. That'll be definitive.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
467 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (Seeded)

There was a discussion about this many months ago, and while I too would love to see a revived 240 (I have driven nothing but 240 wagons) I found that the general consensus was a "new" 240 would not be as popular as one would hope.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,052 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (MenardVolvo)

I have 2 240's ....1990/1991....both with over 200k miles. Yes, they were and still are great cars. They have a loyal owner following and that is one reason for potentially bringing them back. However, technology has changed...the market and competeitive models have changed...the buyers have changed...and the direction of Volvo as a "worldwide" automaker has changed. ALL of that has to be considered.<br>IMO...it would be a gamble to bring the 240 back...even though there is no question that some of the older Volvo owners (like myself) would buy one! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> Volvo's future lies in the new designs and the new direction that the company has forged...and that is a good thing!!!! In order for Volvo to maintain it's niche in the market as a "solid value" vehicle in the premium brand segment...they cannot be making any "risky" decisions when it comes to investing in a retro model.....of course that is just my opinion <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>How about this idea? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> ......let's all pool our $$ and buy every single 240 we can find <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> .......I will call Torslanda and see if we can buy all the surplus body/engine/transmission/interior inventory....and we can restore them and sell them on Swedespeed as special Swedespeed Editions! I have an owner who racses SCCA IT series....he gets @ 235HP out of his non-turbo!!!!! So we can even have a high performance model!<br>I swear ..if I was independently rich.....I would do it!<br>Any rich SS'ders wanna invest some $$ and have some fun?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
530 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (Seeded)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Seeded</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">.... Volkswagen did it with the Beetle, and enjoyed much success. Let's get it done with the 240 Volvo! </TD></TR></TABLE><p>VW did NOT resume production of the Beetle, they completely redesigned a car that merely looks similar to the old one. Even down to the basic character of the original rear-engine RWD configuration, the car is completelly different. And from what I see, the new Beetle appeals to a very different demographic group then the original. I would venture a guess that a "new" 240 would retain so few aspects of the original that it would not be appealing to people currently in love with their aging models.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,839 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (universityvolvoOSD)

Oh brother.<p>I had a 242 5 speed.<br>For what it was, it was a good car.<br>But lets face it, it was butt ugly, had bad ergonomics and was slower than molasass.<br>Why on earth would anyone want to bring that back??????<p>The new S40 is 1000 times better a car than any 240.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,368 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (universityvolvoOSD)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>universityvolvoOSD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <br>How about this idea? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> ......let's all pool our $$ and buy every single 240 we can find <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> .......I will call Torslanda and see if we can buy all the surplus body/engine/transmission/interior inventory....and we can restore them....</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know where every scrap of OEM cloth left, that was used to make 200 and 700 and some 900 seats is. It is right here in SC. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Someone came upon a BULK BUY and bought it all. If I am remembering correct, the patterns and cloth as well as some stand alone uppers and lowers was part of the buy. Not sure if foam is in the container yet. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,053 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (VolvoMax)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VolvoMax</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Oh brother.<p>I had a 242 5 speed.<br>For what it was, it was a good car.<br>But lets face it, it was butt ugly, had bad ergonomics and was slower than molasass.<br>Why on earth would anyone want to bring that back??????<p>The new S40 is 1000 times better a car than any 240. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Flip the "S" on the S40 badge so it looks like a "2".<br>There's your new 240 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
530 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (eurotrash)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>eurotrash</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Flip the "S" on the S40 badge so it looks like a "2".<br>There's your new 240 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>...AND hit the "W" button to make it perform like a 240.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,368 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (samulsoon_0503)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>samulsoon_0503</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>...AND hit the "W" button to make it perform like a 240.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>NAAAA just hit the A/C button on my NA 744 in the middle of the summer (95-105 day) here in SC and that does the trick. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Which is JUST why I try and use the 965 those days. That way I have good A/C (not so so) and do not have to fart out the back to go faster. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,521 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (eurotrash)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>eurotrash</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Flip the "S" on the S40 badge so it looks like a "2".<br>There's your new 240 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>ROFL! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Let's face, there's as much likelihood of Volvo reintroducing the 240 as there is of GM bringing back the 57 BelAir...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,839 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (JRinPR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRinPR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>ROFL! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Let's face, there's as much likelihood of Volvo reintroducing the 240 as there is of GM bringing back the 57 BelAir...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>57 Bel Air would be a good move.<br>240 is more like the Vega.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,521 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (VolvoMax)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VolvoMax</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>57 Bel Air would be a good move.<br><B>240 is more like the Vega</B>.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Woah, dude, those are fighting words here...better duck and cover.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,052 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (JRinPR)

Well...................they only made 2.3 million 240's over a more than 2 decades!!!....so SOMEONE must have liked them <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I gave my son a 1990 when he turned 16 (3 1/2 years ago)....he went to pick up his date a few weeks later and the girls dad was quite impressed that he drove a sensilbe and safe Volvo!.....my son's comment was "it's so ugly, that it's cool...thanks dad!"........my niece now has that car.<p>I don't know about other parts of the country...butt they are still popular here in Chlt.....here's one of the nicer ones running around <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://www.deepnetconsulting.com/swedespeed/users/university_volvo_osd/17.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>It might be for sale soon......I just bought a V70T5 to play with!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,368 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (JRinPR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRinPR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Woah, dude, those are fighting words here...better duck and cover.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I agree with you JRinPR and can only say one word! INCOMING! as a mortr whistles past his head. Followed by a hand grenade. AND then a little red dot of lite appears on his forehead. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,737 Posts
Re: Bring Back the 240 series! (universityvolvoOSD)

Bob,<br>Please let me know if you ever do decide to sell it. I'm 2 years away from my son turning 16, but am set on buying him a 240...probably for the same reasons you gave your son one when he turned 16. So, I'm in no hurry, but I am noticing that those in good condition are becoming harder and harder to find. I'm not opposed to garaging one for a year or so in order to have a decent one when he turns of age, if that's what it takes. Also, I'm not that far away from you that I can't go and pick it up. <br>Regards,<br>MIJ
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top