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Volvo 240 General Information

This car came as a surprise to many. It came so suddenly out of nowhere that many fans wouldn't believe it actually had even works backing! It was quiet around Volvo for a long time and all of the sudden we were presented with this powerful RWD car. It was big and heavy, but it was easily one of the most powerful groupA cars of its time and especially its torque was hugely amazing. It would have been interesting to see what this car would have been capable of outside Sweden. There is no argument that deep snow is about the least suitable surface for an ultra torquey RWD like this.

It is hard to stay without emotions here. In typical and interesting Volvo nomenclature of the time it should actually be the 242. Like Volvo's rally car of the early 1970s was the 142, this was the successor and named the 2-series, with the middle 4 giving a hint to the engine = number of cylinders and the last digit the body shape = number of doors. An estate would be the 245 and a 2-door V6 the 262. Though maybe this is part of the name confusion as the strongest engine Volvo had was the 2.1 turbo (later even a 2.3 turbo), a 4-cylinder and with "Turbo" being hard to turn into a number code. Hence 242 could be anything between the smallest and the strongest engine, which probably is why at some point Volvo simplified the numbers. And now my emotions:

In any case this car was first of all homologated into groupA to be a powerful touring car, and here it was marketed as the 240 as well. And it was surprisingly successful in that too. In 1985 Volvo won the highest touring car title at the time, the ETCC, with Gianfranco Brancatelli, and amuzingly with a team mate called Per-Gunnar Andersson at a time when rallying's Per-Gunnar Andersson was 5 years old. Sadly for the surprising Volvo the W(orld)TCC was only born in 1987 and by that time it wasn't really a match any more to Rover 3500 Vitesse and Ford Sierra Cosworth. Though in 1985 it successfully fought down the BMW 635CSi. A decade later Volvo did another sarcastic advertising humour in entering the BTCC with a boxy 850 estate! Which by the way was an indirect successor to the 240, for some reason 3- & 4-series Volvos were smaller cars and there being no 5- & 6-series cars, the 240 was succeeded on the road by the 740 (960 being the much larger 740 luxury sisters, like the 260 using Peugeot V6 engines - while the 780 was a rather gorgeous square coupé, that however did not have 8-cylinder engines) and then the 850 (with 5-cylinder engines as found in the Ford Focus Mk2 RS!).

Back to the 240 Turbo: Maybe because the car had a wonderful contradiction, superb understatement design like a shoe box on wheels but with this super powerful turbo engine that as a works touring car produced 345BHP! Some brains at Volvo at the time must have had a wonderfully sarcastic humour. While all 142 entries of the 1970s and the many Susi Kottulinski and Bengt-Inge Staffansson entries in the 240 were more private efforts based around ERC programs, Volvo itself was good for surprises. First they stick a 345BHP turbo into a shoe box design for touring cars. Once people got used to Volvo's winning, they slightly de-tuned the engine and took it rallying. And well, what rally would you chose for a 280BHP RWD? Tour de Corse? San Remo? Nope, let's do it in the snow! It was sadly a one off and both cars sadly retired, but - wherever this came from all of the sudden - the 1984 Swedish Rally entries for Anders Kulläng and Bror Danielsson were indeed proper Volvo works entries!

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Volvo 240 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Volvo 240 Turbo (84-0) 280/5500 370/3750 4785.1707.1435 1340 (4.8) RWD (2640)

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Volvo 240 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
13th. 1986 WRC Swedish Rally S. Kottulinsky T. Thörner #39 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 1986 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Kottulinsky T. Thörner #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally B. Staffansson M. Hakala #44 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally S. Kottulinsky M. Sterner #58 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Kottulinsky T. Thörner #62 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 1984 WRC Swedish Rally S. Kottulinsky M. Sterner #50 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
30th. 1981 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Staffansson . UNKNOWN #66 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Volvo 240 Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1993 WRC Swedish Rally J. Kruse . UNKNOWN #55 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland S. Walfridsson G. Barth #27 [UNKNOWN] SS12 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally B. Danielsson A. Eklind #21 [UNKNOWN] SS4 no fuel
Ret. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally S. Walfridsson G. Barth #61 [UNKNOWN] SS22 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Kottulinsky . UNKNOWN #60 [UNKNOWN] SS17 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Swedish Rally A. Kulläng . UNKNOWN #7 [UNKNOWN] SS6 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Swedish Rally B. Danielsson A. Eklind #18 [UNKNOWN] SS1 head gasket
Ret. 1982 WRC Rally of Finland B. Staffansson . UNKNOWN #58 [UNKNOWN] SS16 crash