For sale: 1979 Volvo 242 GT

This 242 GT is offered for sale in Regina, Canada, and presents in original unmodified condition (with the exception of some excellent looking mag wheels).

The 242 GT was Volvo's competition car, and the company's first performance car since the 1800. It was designed to take on touring car contemporaries in the late 1970s / early 80s,such as the BMW 323i, and it ended up being quite a successful car on the track with the racing version taking out the European Touring Car Championship in 1985 (several years after production of the GT had ceased).

The GT is a particularly rare example of the 240 series, and only a fraction of the 24,000 2-door versions built are believed to have been GTs, with several enthusiast forums suggesting that just a few thousand examples were built. Whatever the production numbers, the 242 is certainly a rare car, and one that is attracting increasing interest.

The earliest variant of the 242 GT was powered by a variant of the B23E 2.1 litre found in all the other 244 models. For the 79 model (being the subject car), the capacity was increased to 2.3 litres, and compression was raised and an overdrive fourth gear fitted. The cars were fuel injected with electric ignition, and were a competitive performance packahe with about 103kw in power.

The paint on this original car has held up relatively well compared to other original 242 GTs. However, there is evdience of rust in the lower door sills, which are captured in the images. Longer term, the rust will need attention, and its certainly worth having the work done to such a rare car. Inside, the trim is in great condition for its age, and the enthusiast owner has also retained the car's original bill of sale dated 16 March 1979, confirming the car was purchased from Matthon Motors Ltd (see attached image).

A great classic Volvo from Volvo's golden era, please click the contact seller button above to speak with Devin, for further details or to arrange an inspection.


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Silver with factory decals
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Black/Red sports cloth
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Left Hand Drive