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1978 Volvo 245GL
(This page has been prepared by the owner of this car, Dutch member Wouter Doornekamp )

 


  More photos below, please click on image for full size photo

Description

The 240, which was by far the most popular and best-selling model of the 200 series throughout its life, it was based on the final version of the 140 and on the VESC (Volvo Experimental Safety Car). 

With the introduction of this car Volvo also introduced new B21 4-cylinder engine. It had a cast iron block and a 5-bearing crankshaft and a belt driven overhead camshaft. The engine had a capacity of 2127cc with outputs of 97hp for the B21A carburettor version and 123hp for the B21E injection version. The 1976 and later B21A versions had a new camshaft which increased the output to 100 bhp. The production of the 240 started in 1974. Volvo's management hoped that the revitalised new series would still be modern a year or so into the 1980ís. Little did they suspect that a legend had been born. Especially the estate version is a legend, because the last 240 Estate was produced in 1993. Imagine a car that has been produced for 19 years. The 240 estate is by most people known is the 245. A total of  959,151 Volvo 245ís have been built. The last 245 that left the production line can be seen in the Volvo museum in Gothenburg Sweden.

My car (a 245GL) shown on the pictures was built in the last quarter of 1978. Iím the third owner of the car. The second owner was the father of a friend who died in 1993. Six months after his death my friend asked me if I was interested in buying the 245 from his mother.

The car has a B21-A engine and the standard  M45 gearbox. At the moment (March 2003), it has done about 225,000 Kms.

During a storm in January 2007, this car was destroyed. Photos below taken by phone camera.

Specification

Model :
Built during :
Engine :
Power :
Performance :
Brakes :
Wheels :
Tyres :
245DL
1974 - 1993
B21A
100bhp @ 5000 rpm
Top speed 170km/h
Discs
Steel 14"
185/80R14

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 How Many people in a 245 ? 


Colleagues of Wouter gave him a present for his 25 years service at, Philips Medical, Eindhoven. It was a surprise video of an attempt to break the carrying capacity record of his 245.

The aim was to get 25 people in his car, all done without his knowledge. They managed to get 19 people in. I don't think they are very comfortable in his car !



























 

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