This time we were allowed to drive a real Swedish evergreen, a Volvo 240 GL Injection (B 200 E engine with K-Jetronic) in excellent condition. The car even had a full maintenance history and has had only two owners in its years. We are reacquainted with the unexpected and therapeutic qualities of the Swedish hit song.
The Volvo we will be driving was delivered new in Brussels in September 1990. It was equipped with a few options by the first owner, such as a rev counter and beautiful Volvo light metal. In addition, she opted for the fine combination of a silver-grey exterior and a predominantly blue interior. That is a nice combination that fits exactly with this Volvo sedan from 1990. A car that was already a classic during its assembly.
Robust and comfortable quality
Saturday afternoon adjusts to the peaceful Volvo and we decide to subject the Volvo 240 GL to a nice tour east of Leeuwarden. When we get in, the typical Volvo 240 upright sitting position stands out. It takes little effort to find a good seating position. The seats sit and provide excellent support. An inspection before departure makes it clear that the ease of use of various facilities has been considered, although the stove operation does require some study. Yet most buttons can be found by touch in that beautiful, calmly evolved interior from the XNUMXs. And that interior says a lot about the character of this Volvo. The materials are robust and of excellent quality. They provide a modest form of comfort. Precisely because of the lack of unnecessary frills, the quality comes to the fore in a pleasant way.
Civilized and modest despite large dimensions
That tribute also applies to the exterior of the Volvo, which symbolizes an excellently balanced combination of strength, large dimensions and slender lines. Civilized and modest, the Volvo shows how thoughtfully its makers built this car. Everything is right, everything feels solid. The doors, the tailgate (which provides access to a large luggage compartment) and the hood open and close decisively.
Recognizable sound, impressive solidity
When we are on the road with the Volvo, we experience the tranquility on board, which is mixed with that characteristic sound that the power sources of historic B engines make: a slight hum and a strong airflow can be audibly combined and give the driver the impression that the engine is has eternal life. This also applies to the sovereign and exceptionally comfortable road holding, the experienced solidity of the chassis and body. Meanwhile I realize how excellent the car shifts. The clutch replaced as a precaution definitely contributes to this.
We experience it in a Volvo that has a longingly therapeutic effect. He prefers to drive straight ahead in peace and not for a moment encourages the choice of the left lane, while he has enough power to move forward in an acceptable way. And thanks to a steering that is tuned for comfort – in combination with the sublime suspension comfort – it encourages calm. He prefers to leave sudden steering maneuvers to the sharp competitors of his time.
Just run in opportunity
Jan de Vries, owner of the provider Auto van Jan, already says so in the run-up to the pleasant ride. “Volvo drivers are loyal and in general they take very good care of their cars.” The car has since been sold to a Volvo enthusiast in Belgium. He will not have regretted it, because this late version of the illustrious Volvo 240 series has everything to stay with us for decades to come. In addition, it had just run in with 133.000 kilometers. It is a car of sublime and solid quality, in which the organic qualities float to the top precisely because of the lack of pretension. And we liked them very, very well.
The images are made by Erik van Putten and Auto van Jan