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I know nothing of this car, but it sounds like a decent one from the seller's description.
Certainly no red flags in what is in the ad.
Usual deal with any older car purchase - check that everything works, don't assume anything.
And the interior will squeak and rattle. Its a P80 trait, especially wagons and extra especially R wagons.
Wonder what work has been done to make it worth $9500 in the seller's mind?
I can see some raised springs (maybe $1000 inc professional fitting); a bullbar ($500 fitted?) and an roof rack (maybe $1000 fitted).
Add in $2k for a workshop to do a decent stage zero on a $2500 car, and you're still $2k short even if you are optimistic enough to expect to get your money back on a modified car...
Depends on what you want to do with the car once it is finished.
Nothing Cav said is wrong, but none of the problems are insurmountable. If you were able to buy a brand new 240 and a brand new 850, you'd choose the 850 every time - faster, less fuel, quieter, safer, better road holding...
As a road car, I would even question whether the RWD offers any real benefits, despite what the gut feeling might say.
Really, as a project base, the things that you need to fix/change are different, but the cost and amount of work is ultimately similar.
If the car will be daily driven then I would choose the newer car (for all of the practical reasons).
If it is going to be a toy that is used occasionally, then it comes down to your skills and preferences.