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Planning on buying a 240 this summer, any advice?

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Old May 4th, 2021, 14:01   #41
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There's only so many rectangles I can handle, need a few circles as well


Ah, That sounds good to me ...

P.S. ... I wonder in that case about a 144 or 145 ...

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Ah, That sounds good to me ...

P.S. ... I wonder in that case about a 144 or 145 ...

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In that case :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144020804409

It's LHD and needs a fair bit of resto/welding work but has the high-top roof, Handy for a touring holiday, especially if fitted with curtains............
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In that case :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144020804409

It's LHD and needs a fair bit of resto/welding work but has the high-top roof, Handy for a touring holiday, especially if fitted with curtains............
Undeniably different, 'L.S.', but these were very much working vehicles in their natural habitat and as such often led a much harder life than a regular 145, especially one doing service purely as a family car.

This one looks well rusted and is very much a project. It needs a lot of work before it could even be used locally with any confidence, never mind on a trans-European tour.

It may be worth the asking price to somebody who really wants an Express, but I don't believe it would be an ideal choice for 'venomtail'. I think he would be better advised in sticking to his original brief.

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Undeniably different, 'L.S.', but these were very much working vehicles in their natural habitat and as such often led a much harder life than a regular 145, especially one doing service purely as a family car.

This one looks well rusted and is very much a project. It needs a lot of work before it could even be used locally with any confidence, never mind on a trans-European tour.

It may be worth the asking price to somebody who really wants an Express, but I don't believe it would be an ideal choice for 'venomtail'. I think he would be better advised in sticking to his original brief.

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Thanks John, i was hoping i could rely on you to put it more eloquently than i was thinking at the time!
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In that case :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144020804409

It's LHD and needs a fair bit of resto/welding work but has the high-top roof, Handy for a touring holiday, especially if fitted with curtains............
It's ok, but I'd still take a 240 over these models
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Oh wow, I've missed loads, thought the thread went quiet at the end of April. Only now I've received a notification in my email saying that there's one new reply. Hasn't updated me in the last few days, even when I've set the thread subscription as "instant email."

I think the logical decition would be to go with a newer version but with all respect, they're not the lookers. There's only so many rectangles I can handle, need a few circles as well

Been looking at places like Scandinavia and Finland, even Spain and Italy where there were what looked like completely rust free 240's being sold.
It is good to hear from you again on this thread Venomtail; I’m pleased I was wrong to doubt you.

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Undeniably different, 'L.S.', but these were very much working vehicles in their natural habitat and as such often led a much harder life than a regular 145, especially one doing service purely as a family car.

This one looks well rusted and is very much a project. It needs a lot of work before it could even be used locally with any confidence, never mind on a trans-European tour.

It may be worth the asking price to somebody who really wants an Express, but I don't believe it would be an ideal choice for 'venomtail'. I think he would be better advised in sticking to his original brief.

Regards, John.

Thank you for putting Dave's joke in to realistic perspective.

That specification, in non-project condition, would be interesting.

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Thank you for putting Dave's joke in to realistic perspective.

That specification, in non-project condition, would be interesting.

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Oh dear! Thank you, Stephen; I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't realise he was speaking in jest! J.
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Oh dear! Thank you, Stephen; I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't realise he was speaking in jest! J.

Well. I hope it was a joke.

But it draws attention to an interesting type of Volvo.

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