A 35 year old Swedish Survivor: 1978 Volvo 245DL
Any self-respecting Swedish car has the have a name…preferably a Swedish name. Helga it is.
The mostly original paint is still in excellent shape. The car has has no rust…other that two 1/4 inch small spots on the rear wheel well. Try to fine one like it. Same owner since 1980.
Volvo aficionados will spot the optional chrome roof rack and the trailer hitch. Also, the turbine wheels only came stock on the GL cars. They look great on this car.
These seat covers looks kinda nerdy until you remove them and…
… find square meters of fine Swedish Nagahyde in perfect condition.
Swedish Nagahyde is harvested in the deep Swedish forrest in the fall. The leaf from the same trees are dried and ground up and later smoked resulting in funny Swedes partying in the woods. But that is a different subject.
The rear cargo area looks likeit never carried any…cargo.
Beige 245DL in the movies: Electric Dreams
The Volvo 245DL is commonly used in movies when the director wants depict the owner as a nerdy “safe” boring? teacher, engineer or slide ruler kind of person.
I hope it does not rub off on me!! Also, I think Steve Jobs had a Volvo 245DL when he moved to Cupertino if I correctly recall from a documentary. That would be OK to rub off!
These dash covers are kinda nerdy until…
…you remove it and find a perfect 35 year old Volvo dash panel. Gotta love that!
Another Volvo 245DL in the movies: “The hand that rocks the cradle”
The stock steering wheels on this model was a huge truck wheel so the optional GT steeing wheel is a nice addition. Also, note in dash tachometer and of course the fact that this is a 4 speed OD car. The only way to fly in this car.
This is the short version of the list Gary compiled to “help” sell the car:
Volvo floor mats, IPD cargo mat, dash cover, new front seat belts, Volvo GT steering wheel, rebuilt speedometer with tachometer, coin tray, Chrome roof rack, Wolfe car cover, new windshield, new master brake cylinder, front calipers, front, rear disc brake pads and fluid, new sparks plugs, injector seals, fan belts, water pump, timing belt, and thermostat, recent new heater core, switch and fan motor, IPD front and rear sway bars, KYB rear gas shocks, new rear coil springs, recent clutch assembly, recent rear suspension trailing arm bushings, recent new exhaust manifold, header pipe and exhaust system, radiator, oil and filter changes every 3,000 miles since 1978.
Duh…I think he had me at floor mats!
I replaced the wiring to the rear hatch so now the license light is working.
Thanks Gary for allowing me to be the custodian of this fine piece of Swedish automotive history. Now it is YOUR turn.
This event gets better and better. The local traditional car club Beggers is responsible for this affair. The setting at the local nursery could not be better.
They feed us great food and served up some serious rockabilly from Moses and his crew.
The weather was perfect and the setting couldn’t be better.
Let’s check out some of the rides:
Shoe boxes, anyone? One of the better years of Fords designs.
This roadster was featuring some very nice workmanship.
Not a traditional hot rod but the super nice Cadillac rolled in and we did not mind.
Mark Anderson’s 1931 Ford roadster.
Chad’s Rambler wagon.
I dig how the top roof panel opens up the whole cargo space.
This Indian was restored to perfection. The side car started life as a military unit and civilian model chrome was added.
The nursery where the event was held has lots of old and vintage farm equipment on display. Makes for a great backdrop.
Thank You World Famous Beggers for a god time. See you next year.
Every year the North West VW fans get together at the Shoreline Community College site for a vintage VW show. would guess about 300 cars, trucks and buses showed up. Also, a rather large swap meet is there to help you find the hard parts. I am rather jealous as if this was a vintage Volvo meet there would have been…ahem…eight cars or so.
I also learned some of the lingo used to describe models or options…like…”divorce stand, fried egg blinkers, split window, spoon handle and bay-window” bus!!
Chris Shelton’s most excellent Thing…Yes, he has a Thing! He rolled in with it unwashed and looking like it was being USED…as it should. The top was found in the classifieds as it was missing. Way to go.
A very early example of the beloved bug.
Two 1967 convertibles although according the know-it-aller I was with the white one was sporting some 1968 equipment. Hybrid of sorts…maybe titled wrong?
Another beautiful convertible. Makes me want one…
Let’s swing over to the bus section for a while. This coral and white beauty is just that…a beauty.
Growing up in Europe I used to hate these things. Now they are just coolness:
The XXX restaurant in Issaquah offer something fun almost every weekend. I was riding by and since the camera was in the saddle bag it was a good excuse to swing in and shoot some cars. Do you know what they have at all Chevy shows?? A ton of…Chevrolets.
An absolute orgie in turquise!
Bipty-sebben-chebbies are all OK but I prefer these older Chevrolets. This mild custom is tastefully excecuted.
“She’s so fine…Bla,bla,bla”
When did you see a Yenko Chevelle last?
John Byerley brought out his 1969 427 Yenko car.
Yenko tuned 427…all business.
Clean Bibty Sebben Chebby
1951 Chevrolet with a 235 6 cyl engine. Very nice.
OK, that’s enough Chevrolets for a while.