1) It was an appealing light beige tone
2) It was in really great shape
3) It was a wagon
4) It was a diesel
5) It was a manual
Any of those points alone make an 80's car worth looking at, but the five combined make it the holy grail of old relic finds! As I snapped a few pictures I took a close look at the overall design and details of this imposing wagon.
That said, there are some great design features like the gently curved windshield, rounded fender line running the entire length and an extremely long hood that differentiate the Volvo 240 from other wagons from the same period. The tall, upright greenhouse and ample glass all around make this car an excellent family vehicle with fantastic visibility for all aboard.
It would appear that this Volvo Wagon, which was sitting on a street near the Eiffel Tower, was a regular daily driver. It's great to think that some families still enjoy this sort of throw-back family car. As much as I generally prefer smaller cars, every time I see one of these brutal and yet at the same time elegant wagons I picture myself entering my 'Volvo' years. Considering how tidy this one is, I doubt the owner is in a hurry to part with it, so I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for other examples of this 'styled by chainsaw' legend!