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  • I love it, a rare beast.

  • edited August 6

    I'd also love someone to save it rather than mod it, but that's just me.

  • Phwoar, carby beast

  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.

    It's gone? Can't load.

  • Loads for me

  • jackafricaricho (@jackafrica) Hobart Tasmania
    edited August 7


    They're never in Tassie...that could be saved, spared as a survivor he says mournfully with a sigh of resignation.


  • Agreed. 242s which aren't GTs are very rare now in OZ, especially 1975 models.

  • Angus242164Angus (@Angus242164) Western Victoria

    The 242DL was only available here for 1975, from '76 onwards you could only get the 244 and 245.

    I haven't seen one in that colour before personally.

  • 1971_144GL1971_144GL (@1971_144GL) Launceston, Tasmania

    Excellent 74 142 companion. I need to do a trip there for work too.... But another car probably is not a good thing. Looks like a good survivor.

  • When I saw the ad I first thought it was dark blue, but with door open it was obviously green. Would this have been locally assembled or did they import the 242s? Just curious!

  • Angus242164Angus (@Angus242164) Western Victoria

    Yes assembled in Clayton along with other Volvo models, I think they came in the full range of non metallic '75 colours, but they are rare enough that over the years I have only come across certain colours in the wild.

  • SpacSpac (@Spac) Canberra-ish.

    I've seen them in:



    Sky blue;


    Midnight blue;



    Dark green (roughly BRG).

  • Hmmmm maybe, the very early cars were fully imported. Source: my father's 244 was an early one, reg April 75, built in Sweden

  • There was always a mix, depending on colour, timing etc...but like Angus said most were assembled locally. The locally-assembled 2-series cars I’ve seen have a thin “body number” metal plate spot-welded to the shock tower just rearward of the battery tray. This is the one on my 79 245 for example:

    Any ones with that plate you know for sure are local assembly. Even the local assembly ones say “MADE IN SWEDEN” on the VIN plate (see below) so some people THINK their car was fully imported (well, it was “imported” - in bits!) it was indeed locally-assembled.

    This VIN plate is from a locally-assembled 81 245:

    This is the VIN plate from a 79 sedan I just sold (also locally-assembled). Note it doesn’t say “MADE IN SWEDEN” but it’s sort of implied! ;)

    Fun facts for the evening! :)

  • Yep, there were other differences such as the colour that are tell tales as well. So dad's was the bright sky blue as opposed to the more powder blue of the locally assembled ones.

    I was 15 when he bought it and I can still remember being with the sales person talking to dad about availability of models and colours. Basically the in stock vehicles were all imports to get the new 244 on the road until assembly started up. If you wanted certain colours etc there was a wait. Suited my parents, they preferred the import colour anyway.

    They also had what I thought was a lovely deep green 144GL with biscuit leather interior for run out $, but dad liked the 244DL better. Fair enough it was much more refined.

    Ahhh good memories, it was a very big deal having the funds to buy something like a Volvo. It replaced a typically shoddy Morris Marina of all things!

  • carnut222carnut222 (@carnut222) Daylesford VIC
    edited August 8

    Great story! Those colours on the early 240s were great. My parents also bought a new 1975 240 - a “Berkshire green” 245, 4-speed manual, B20 (this was in the US)...that’s what got us into Volvos. I remember back then when they were looking at them there were only several colours, including the sky blue, burgundy, white and maybe a dark blue. I can say my brother and I weren’t impressed (retrospectively) as we got to drive that car when we were in high school in the mid-80s and all the other kids had red Mustangs and Camaros LOL! Here’s a couple pics, before and after I blacked out all the trim and tinted the windows...still not “cool” though! I’ve got a funny feeling our car might have been assembled in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada, but not sure.

  • PS I guess the yellow 79 245 I’m working on now is sort of re-living my youth! :)

  • Angus242164Angus (@Angus242164) Western Victoria

    There was a mix of local and overseas assembly among Aussie Volvo's in those years, I am only aware of one '75 242DL that wasn't Aussie assembled though, and it was supposedly imported privately from the UK.

    I think the cars with metallic paint were typically all imported, and the majority with solid colours were locally assembled. Locally assembled cars have a Dulon paint sticker on the back of the right radiator support panel.

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