For Volvo, the main event at the Paris Motor Show this year is all about the launch of the new XC90. However, that's not the entire story of Volvo at the show. As part of the show's traditional historical display, a 1984 Volvo 240 Turbo wagon formerly owned by the president of the Hermés clothing company is part of this year's "Cars & Fashion" collection.

 

Quite obviously, this is a well-loved and slightly worn dark green example. Peering inside past the worn leather, you'll also notice many special touches befitting the car belonging to one of the leaders in the Paris fashion industry.

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Below is our translation of the official description provided in the display. Find more information on the event HERE .

1984 Volvo 240 Station Wagon, Ex Jean-Louis Dumas, President of Hermés [source: Mondial de L'Automobile, translation by Swedespeed]

It was August 21, 1974 when Volvo revealed its 240 model to the press. The car quickly became an unprecedented success for Volvo, with some 2.8 million vehicles produced over 19 years.

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1981 saw the launch of the 244 Turbo sedan with 155 hp, and the 245 Turbo station wagon followed: the first series production station wagon fitted with a turbocharger.

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This was the model chosen by Jean-Louis Dumas, President of Hermés, in order to illustrate his firm's expertise in matters of home interior design. All of the car's interior leather is a selection of the best pelts, strictly specified by the fashion house. This was truly a showcase of Hermés expertise, working closely with vehicle manufacturers to meet the specifications of each.

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The work is remarkable, and fills three of our five senses made more sensitive in such a confined space such as inside a car: eyes, smell, and touch.

Jean-Louis Dumas used this station wagon for several years and it is henceforth part of the heritage Hermés.