5 ways to make it better
OUT, DaM air 1
Later 240s had front air dams fitted as standard. If you value originality, you probably won’t want to put one on an older 1970s machine, but they do improve the looks and help with aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, neither of which you get too much of with a 240. The dams can be found for both aluminium- and plastic-bumpered cars, although you may need to search hard.
THe wHeel THiNG 2
These Volvos were in production from the era of plain steel wheels (14in) through to alloys (14 and 15in). So you have quite a few choices if you’re not happy with your standard items, including the handsome five-spoke Virgo alloys found on 1980s GTs, GLTs and Turbos. 740 and 940 wheels will also go straight on.
wiNDiNG UP 3
If you can find a donor car, then it’s relatively simple to install power windows in place of manual ones. The motor regulators should just bolt in place of the original manual ones, although you may have to come up with an alternative solution for mounting the switches on the dash if you don’t want to replace the driver’s door armrest as well.
Fitting a high-performance camshaft gives a little more pep; given that cams can be a weaker point on 240s, it makes sense to do so if you need to replace the cam. An engine block from a larger capacity, later car will also bring performance benefits
Brace yOUrselF 5
Some GTs came with a front suspension brace as standard, which you should be able to fit to all 1979 and later models to improve handling. Lower strut braces and thicker anti-roll bars can also be adopted for further firmness. 240 estates have stiffer rear springs than saloons, for anyone wishing to explore that option.