If there is an automotive equivalent of sensible shoes, the Volvo 240 is it. One doesn’t often equate cars to shoes, but when I saw the photo of this dark green Swede, my first thought was: Sensible shoes.
Hear me out.
It’s not sexy and dangerous like a stiletto. It’s not robust and rugged like a work boot. It’s not sporty like an athletic shoe. It’s also not dressy like wingtips. It’s not chill and laid back like sandals. It’s…it’s… sensible. Like something you’d wear while waiting tables, or working at a library. Something that a guy could wear with chinos, or jeans. Particularly if you plan to walk around a lot. It’s the sturdy sort footwear that will last a long time, but not something you’d want to be wearing when sporting a suit. Or a dress.
So here it is. The sensible shoe of the car world. 4 doors, 4 headlights, 4 seats, 4 wheels with 4 mudflaps, 4 cylinders, 4 gears (plus overdrive), and 3 pedals. All of this makes sense. It doesn’t get your blood pumping to look at it or to drive it; there’s no lust involved. But if what turns you on is knowing she won’t run off with your best friend, that she will never let you down, is ever stalwart and without drama, this is your gal. Or guy. Whatever you are into. Honestly, I dig that about it.
This particular car was made in Gothenburg by Aktiebolaget Volvo. Yes that’s the good old fashioned Volvo that was born in the 1920’s. And yes, this was the company that made Volvo brand cars until 1999 when Ford gobbled them up…and then spit them out in 2010 to Chinese manufacturer Geely. Yes, if you didn’t know, Volvo is now a Chinese company. Weird huh? But on the bright side, Geely is a lot easier to say than Aktiebolaget, for me anyway.
This one, in about as good a shape as I’ve seen any 1980’s Volvo, is a one-elderly-owner vehicle with low miles (56k) and is rust free. It appears in the photos that it may have some clear coat issues on the hood but otherwise is a great looking car with a very clean interior as well as engine compartment. Like, crazy stupid clean.
So it’s a decent buy at just a tick under $15k. Kind of like a new car in a way; after all this sucker will probably run 250,000 – 300,000 miles before it runs out of steam. Mind you, this is in a car that’s already 35 years old.
So if you are a MaryAnn over Ginger, and Mephisto shoes over kinky boots sort of person, I believe this Volvo 240 may be your match made in heaven.
To find out more about this sensible dark green shoe, click HERE to go to the listing on ebay where the seller’s contact info can be found.