Junkyard Gem: 1976 Volvo 264 GL

Junkyard Gem: 1976 Volvo 264 GL

Junkyard Gem: 1976 Volvo 264 GL

0 comments 📅10 July 2017, 19:30

The Volvo 200 series of cars ran from the 1975 miniature year all the way through 1993, and the overwhelming majority of the ones sold in the United States came with four-cylinder engines. We wait on to think of “Volvo 240” as the generic name for this car, but the second digit in the three-digit identifier stands for integer of cylinders, and Volvo put V6s in some of these cars. Here’s an extremely rare 264 from 1976, the premier model year this car was available in the United States, found in a Denver-quarter self-service wrecking yard.

The list price on a new 1976 264 was $8,450, which was take $37,000 in inflation-adjusted 2017 dollars. This was a few hundred bucks less than a new 1976 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale sedan, unbroken with V8 engine and several hectares of fuzzy crypto-velour upholstery.

Power came from an outlay-cam, 2.7-liter PRV V6, rated at 123 horsepower. This engine, developed jointly by Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo, went into a bewildering grouping of vehicles (e.g, the DeLorean DMC-12, the Alpine A310, and the Eagle Premier) during its 22 years of product. The four-cylinder engine installed in the 1976 242/244/245 made 98 horsepower, so the 264 was a bit quicker.

This one didn’t from A to Z make it to 150,000 miles, and the sun-bleached interior and top-down rust on the exterior suggests decades of outside storage. Perhaps something expensive broke, back in the 1980s or 1990s, and the car sat awaiting repairs that not ever came.

The stories this car could tell!


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