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      The rarest production Volvo ever? The 1982 243...

      I thought you all might get a kick out of this, it is quite interesting...

      Volvo 243

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      The Volvo 243 was a limited run of 30 cars in 1982 due to a malfunction of machinery in the Belgium Volvo factory, causing car bodies to be made incorrectly. The cars had one left hand door, as per the Volvo 242, and two right hand doors, as per the Volvo 244. All 30 cars were completed, and were exported to Estonia for sale. All cars came with warranty and are highly sought after today. So far, this is the only car known in the whole world that has four door car right side and coupe left side.

      Above is what Wiki says, but this is what the owner says:

      The owner of this car says that 27 of these were made for the Swedish Police. The right right side of the car is a 244 and the left side of the car is a 242. The left side was hand welded. He says the car was put together in a special Volvo shop away from the normal production line.

      He says it is a 1987 model, but came to Estonia in 1996. Since 1990, there were very small numbers of Western cars in Estonia. Thanks to the Soviet occupation, it was forbidden to buy cars unless they were Soviet. So essentially, he thinks these cars could not have come to Estonia in early 80's.

      He is still trying to find out the true story of these rare cars.

      He has tried to contact Volvo several times about these cars, but they have not responded.


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      Re: The rarest production Volvo ever? The 1982 243... ([email protected])

      Umm, it is just me or did you just come back from the dead?

      Welcome back, its been how many years since you posted?

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      Re: The rarest production Volvo ever? The 1982 243... (Kaizai)

      I checked, only 2 years.

      Did you finish medical school?

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      Re: The rarest production Volvo ever? The 1982 243... (Kaizai)

      Quote, originally posted by Kaizai »
      I checked, only 2 years.

      Did you finish medical school?

      No man, 2 more years left LOL...

      I am still lurking...


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      Re: The rarest production Volvo ever? The 1982 243... ([email protected])

      Speaking of rare...

      http://img412.imageshack.us/im...7.jpg

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      Re: The rarest production Volvo ever? The 1982 243... (gdill2)

      Haven't seen you around in a while.

      Interesting car. I like the first story the best.

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      Re: The rarest production Volvo ever? The 1982 243... (1999_V70)

      That's really cool!! I seem to recall a similar story in a past issue of Rolling about an Amazon that's the same, 2 doors on one side, and 1 on the other. I'll look when I get home and see if I can find it.
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      Gdill's pic is of one of the two design stdut 243s volvo built. Both of which reside in volvo's collection in Arendel. These saloon variants in this post are something new and quite interesting. Easy to build though using the two different side panels of the 242 and 244 in the factory.

      who did you contact at volvo?

      try contacting the curator at the volvo museum instead


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      Neat, I want one!

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      Well Im knew on here bought a tan 240 88 wagan almost two years ago totaled it in a rearend collision and messed my back and knee up. Was volvoless for almost a year and a half then found an 87 white 240 sedan for 400 bucks and put some basic tlc into her ignation switch,battery,alt,serp belt, and radiator shes got over 250k on her the od stopped at 198k and prior. I was a vw fan still love them too but have been bitten by the sweed bug esp the volvo 240 one. Lol any how I love funky crazy weird cars and found this in a google photo search. And I rear the whole thread. And I'm gonna go with the wiki story and here's why. I think volvo probably screwed up and instead of scrapping the metal they figured why lose the money and have the time wasted when they can just send them out and make the money on them sorta like killing two birds with one stone cause they sell them off and they're considered future classics cause so few were made and sold and mean while its their inside joke or secret. And that's my feeling on it

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      New. And horrible speller as well sorry English teachers and majors. Ill try to word correct when I can but please bare with me

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      I can see why, who would want a car with two doors on one side, and one on the other.

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      Quote Originally Posted by modyblu View Post
      I can see why, who would want a car with two doors on one side, and one on the other.
      Try asking Hyundai Veloster owners.

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