The Swedish automaker Volvo manufactured the 242, a two-door saloon-style car, from 1974 to 1984. Because of the decline of popularity in two-door cars, Volvo discontinued the 242 long before its contemporaries, the 244 and 245 models. This car is famous for its unique flat hood design.
The Volvo 242 features the four-cylinder in-line OHV engine with turbocharger option. It has a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission, and a multiport continuous fuel injection system. The car has a Volvo "T" grind 9.94-mm lift camshaft and a Garrett Air Research T3 turbocharger. The car has hydraulic disc brakes on all four wheels. Standard gauges include tachometer, oil, voltmeter and turbo control.
The Volvo 242 measures 189.9 inches long from front to back, 67.3 inches wide and 56.3 inches tall. It has a wheelbase of 104.3 inches and a curb-to-curb turning radius of 32.2 feet. The car has a ground clearance of 4.7 in. It has a gross vehicle weight of 4030 lbs. and a maximum trailer weight of 3300 lbs.
The 242's liquid-cooled, four-cylinder gasoline engine has an output of 114 horsepower at 5,400 revolutions per minute (rpm) and a max torque of 175 foot-lbs., depending on the options package. The car's engine displaces 2.32 liters and has a compression ratio of 9.8 to 1.
Volvo launched the 240 line, which includes the 242, in the autumn of 1974. Superficially, it looked somewhere between the earlier 140/160 series and an experimental prototype called the Volvo Experimental Safety car. Features unique to this model include a new front design, larger bumpers and a developed chassis with a McPherson type front-wheel suspension system. Upon its release, the car retailed between $17,000 and $19,000. In 1984, the 242 won the European Touring Car Championship.
Volvo has a reputation for producing extremely safe and dependable cars; the 242 is no exception. Safety features on this car include reinforced side-impact intrusion bars, halogen high-beam headlamps, electrically heated rear windshield, fog lights and a seat belt reminder light. This car also features a fresh air outlet, air-conditioning, sliding steel sunroof with wind deflector, thermostatically controlled headed driver's seat, heating and ventilation system, cigarette lighter and dual outside power mirrors with remote adjustment for creature comforts.
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