Volvo 242. 1974 - 1984
History of the Volvo Car
In August 1974, Volvo presented a new generation of cars called the 240 and 260 Series.
These new models had been developed from the 140 series and were very similar to their predecessors. The changes included a new front, large bumpers and a developed chassis, featuring a front-wheel suspension system of the McPherson type. At the same time, a new 4-cylinder engine series with an overhead camshaft began to be used. The previous 4-cylinder was still used for a time.
Two-door cars were still very much in demand, particularly on the Nordic markets, and it was therefore only natural to include a 2-door in the programme. However, as the trend was moving towards 4-door cars, the 242 was taken out of production long before the 244 and 245.
Over the years, the Volvo 242 was produced with many different engines and gearboxes.
|Assembly:||Sweden: Torslanda (Torslandaverken)
Sweden: Kalmar (VKA)
Belgium: Ghent (VCG)
Canada: Halifax (VHA)
Italy: Turin [N 1]
Malaysia: Shah Alam (SMA)
|Body style:||2-door saloon|
|Engine:||1784 cc B17 I4
1986 cc B19/B200 I4
1986 cc B20 I4
2127 cc B21 I4
2316 cc B23/B230 I4
1986 cc D20 I5 diesel
2383 cc D24 I6 diesel
|Transmission:||4-speed M45/M46 manual
5-speed M47 manual
3-speed BW35/BW55 automatic
4-speed AW70/AW71 automatic
|Brakes:||Hydraulic, disc brakes on all four wheels.|
|Dimensions:||Length 192.5" (489 cm), width 67.3" (171 cm), height 56.3" (143 cm), wheelbase 104.0" (264 cm), kerb weight 2841-2946 lbs (1290-1338 kg)|
|Miscellaneous:||In 1985, the Volvo 242 won the European Touring Car Championship.|