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An astonishing Volvo 244GL in original condition with just 46,574 miles.
Front spoiler, halogen headlights, headlamp washer/wipers, day running lights, steel sliding sunroof, tinted windows, power steering, central locking, crumple zones, steel tubes welded in the doors, engine bay light, luggage compartment courtesy light, three-point inertia reel seat-belts front and rear, heated driver’s seat, bulb integrity sensor, illuminated and lockable glove compartment with a table and make-up mirror, rev counter, rear centre armrest, safety belt reminders, quartz clock, ignition/lights buzzer warning, cigar lighter. Dealer Accessories; Volvo MW/LW radio, towbar, window etching.
Metallic paint was standard on the 244GL and this stunning car is finished in Redwood Metallic, (Code 175). Volvo claimed in their 1982 literature that the average life expectancy of a Volvo is 18.7 years, 2.7 years longer than their closest rival Mercedes-Benz, and judging by the depth of shine of this unrestored car you can believe their claims! A few tiny touched-in marks and minor imperfections do not detract from the overall splendour on a car that defies its 42 years of age. All the chrome trim has a mirror finish and the large impact rubber bumpers and plastic trim are in fantastic order with a few marks. All glass is Volvo branded Templex and laminated to the front with Identicar window etching to all sections. Volvo mudflaps are still attached to all four corners and period number plates remain fitted. A real time warp example and unrivalled in many respects.
The famous Volvo virtues of safety, reliability and durability are evident everywhere in this fine cabin. Upgraded Plush upholstery standard on the GL model is finished in Copper-brown and remains damage free thanks to pampered enthusiast ownership and low mileage credentials. Orthopaedic specialists helped to design the Volvo driver’s seat with lumbar support and integrated seat heating resulting in comfort and support. Passengers can enjoy one of 14 air outlets to produce efficient distribution of hot or cold air and all switch gear, controls and gauges operate including the Volvo Quartz clock and optional Volvo MW/LW radio. The boot area is very clean and still attached are stickers advising ‘how to use the jack’ to the boot lid and to ‘secure long load’ through the hatch into the cabin area. An impeccable and functional 244 interior promoting a pleasant and safe driving environment.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
New for 1982 and fitted to the 244GL was the 2.3 litre carburettor B23A in-line 4-cylinder engine. Effortless with the characteristic Volvo swoosh, it produces 112hp and works in perfect combination with the optional 3 stage torque convertor automatic transmission. Onlookers will admire the clean engine bay with all identification plates and stampings clearly visible. Even the delicate stickers remain attached such as the Volvo coolant sticker fitted to the header tank. Amazing.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 14in steel wheels are finished in the correct bronze tint often lost to silver shades on refurbishment and being the higher spec GL model, has the attractive chrome embellishers, all unmarked. All four corners are shod in premium Michelin 185/70 R14 tyres with plenty of tread and the spare wheel still wears the original Michelin MXL tyre. Triangle split, dual-circuit brake system and stepped bore master cylinder accompanies power assisted and ventilated disc brakes to the front and drums to the rear, bringing the car to a safe and assured halt.
Supplied new on the 27th September 1982 to a Dr Edwin Mansell before being sold to long-term owner two years later, Mr Roger Little. Mr Little purchased the car from Brian Stevens Cars in Enfield, specialists in one owner low mileage cars for £5,795. Being the conscientious type, he opted for the Used Vehicle warranty for peace of mind and the car has remained continually garaged and used sparingly with old MOT certificates validating the low 46,574 miles. Such was his fondness and devotion for this car that a second daily vehicle was purchased so his pride and joy 244 could remain carefully stored with wheels off the ground in the heated garage! In 2019 Mr Little made the difficult decision to sell his pride and joy and KGF Classic Cars have since been privileged to find the car its third and forth owners! Sold by KGF Classic Cars in 2019 and 2021, the opportunity to have this stunning example back in the showroom will never be missed! In January 2024 a full engine and ignition service as well as cambelt and water pump has been carried out to offer total peace of mind and a ‘turn key’ purchase for the next lucky owner.
Gaining an increasing following from a new generation of buyer drawn to programmes such as Luther and Volvo traditionalists struggling to find such a pure, low mileage 200 Series, this example will be the one by which others are judged.
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