Cult car For Sale: 1982 Volvo 245 GLT Turbo 4 speed OD

The Volvo Turbo was introduced with the 1981 model year in the US. In 1982 Volvo did something that changed the perception of the parental units boring station wagon: They introduced the Turbo wagon. It was the first turbo charged station wagon in North America.  All the sudden the boring and boxy Volvo changed from being bought by nerdy engineers, pipe smokers and slide rulers to now being enjoyed by hip middle class suburbanites that wanted in on the new image…and the speed!

1983 Volvo Turbo baggage handler

The Volvo Turbo is listed as one of the top ten turbo charged cars of all times by Popular Mechanics.

Up for sale is a one family owner car. I bought it with intention to keep it but I just do not have time.

1982 Volvo 245 GLT Turbo clean

The car has only 170,000 miles on it. It runs and drives excellent. The transmission is very smooth and the overdrive goes in and out smoothly. It is completely rust free and appears to have all original paint on it.

However, it does not move in reverse. It goes in just fine but the overdrive slips in reverse. It could be anything from a bad o-ring on the overdrive solenoid to a worn cone clutch.

The seller was nice to share all receipts from day one. Checking the engine oil revealed very clean fluid. Oil was changed recently. Looking at the stack of receipts it turns out that oil was also changed religiously. That’s a good thing. Also, another receipt confirms that the turbo unit has been replaced and upgraded with a water cooled turbo. That is a really good thing. Turn out that the heater fan has also been replaced and that’s a really, really good thing as it is an extensive job. The oil pressure gauge shows 5 bars immediately after starting. The Michelin tires have lots of tread left.


1982 Volvo 245 Turbo for sale rear

1982 Volvo 245 Turbo for sale, interior

All the factory accessory floor mats are present and in nice condition.


1982 Volvo 245 Turbo for sale, rear seat

The interior is in excellent condition with no tears. It has never been smoked in. It still smells like a new Volvo inside. The dash has some cracks in it. It has the factory AM-FM cassette unit.

1982 Volvo 245 Turbo for sale, door panel

The map pockets on each side are perfect.

1982 Volvo 245 Turbo for sale, cargo area

The cargo area is super clean. The car also have a trailer hitch.

1982 Volvo 245 Turbo for sale, front end

The front chrome bezels and grille is in excellent condition.

1982 Volvo 245 Turbo for sale rear hinges

Even the chrome on the rear hinges is perfect. These are usually pitted on these Volvos.

1982 Volvo 245 Turbo for sale door

The car has some scrapes and bruises but with the original paint you can see what you get.

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Cult Car Carport Find: 1982 Volvo 245GLT Turbo

My neighbor a few houses down had a Volvo Turbo wagon sitting under a carport for a while. I walk my dogs by it every day and I give it a glance every time.

My wife know them a bit heard that they were thinking of donating it as their dream of restoring it will never materialize. I had no idea if it even ran.

We popped over there and it turns out to be one owner car. Never smoked in and completely rust free. With 176K on the odometer it has traveled less than the 2004 Volvo V70 we drove up in.

After a battery jump it fired right up and I went for a spin. The turbo is turboing and the overdrive is overdriving. The transmission is smooth and quiet.

It is loaded with the usual GL equipment as in power windows, power mirrors, A/C etc. Heat works great and even the fan is quiet.

1982 Volvo 245 GLT Turbo dirty 3

A fair price was suggested and I drove it home.

It had been sitting under the carport so it had a fair amount of dirt and dust covering the silver metallic paint.  After some serious scrub-a-dub a rather clean and straight 245GLT emerged:

1982 Volvo 245 GLT Turbo clean

Even the plastic head light bezels and grille are in great condition. Turbo emblem in the grille makes sure your neighbor knows you got the Swedish power.


1982 Volvo 245 GLT Turbo clean 2

The wheels can use some paint or powder coating but I love doing that stuff.


1982 Volvo 245 GLT Turbo rear

The interior is super clean and just needs a detail.

It does not move in reverse so something is going on there. I have to take a look when I have time. Right now I am finishing another project so this beauty will have to sit for a while.

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