The Flying Brick, Swedish Tank... nicknames for Volvo’s Lego-like 240 were hardly complimentary. But what this tough-mobile lacked in style, it more than made up for in safety and sales. The cars – the 244 was the four-door saloon, the 245 the estate – were based on the 140. However, the fronts were re-engineered for MacPherson strut suspension and a new nose. Aside from Volvo’s existing 1986cc engine, a new overhead-cam 2127cc unit featured; this rose to 2315cc in 1978. The last were built in 1993; as durable in lifespan as they were in quality and strength.
Price at launch:
Independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring
Live axle, trailing arms, coil spring
rack and pinion
Four-speed manual with overdrive