Volvo 242 V8


Dubbed ‘the flying brick’, this custom 1975 Volvo 242 certainly earns its nickname.

Built and developed in Sweden over the last number of years by a specialist car builder, this beautifully prepared 242 has been built to an incredibly high standard and boasts an amazing spec.

With an exterior updated to 1983 spec and finished in a glossy coat of black paint with a Group A rear spoiler and some aggressive Japan Racing 18×10 alloys, this 242 is looks like it means business – and that’s even before you see the interior or what’s under the bonnet.

Inside, the car is a perfect mix of OEM and full race spec. Original door cards, headliner, carpets and rear seats are met with Sparco bucket seats, a sequential-style shifter, Haltech digital dashboard and an RRS steering wheel with carbon fibre paddles. What’s more is that the car has cruise control, central locking and an alarm. The result is a purposeful but comfortable and practical car to drive.

The main attraction is under the bonnet. A high-revving 4.0 n/a SB65B40 V8 from an E92 BMW M3 with 420bhp and a host of upgrades that has been mated to a tuned 7-speed BMW DCT transmission featuring a DCT gear lever and MME paddles. The eagle-eyed observer will also spot the clutch pedal which is there should you feel the need to ever spin the rear wheels! A Torsen 3 rear differential delivers the power to the rear wheels.

Unsurprisingly, the brakes and suspension have been upgraded with Volvo S60R Brembo callipers all around, S60R front discs and Porsche 930 rear discs, plus adjustable Ohlins dampers and 4-link suspension in the rear.

The boot area hasn’t been ignored, either, with an aluminium 70l fuel cell, upgraded fuel pumps and a Group A style fuel filler cap. The sheer size of the boot means there’s still plenty of room for luggage, too.

This is an incredibly well engineered and built rest-mod that looks sensational and is both bonkers and tractable in equal measure. A truly unique sight on Irish roads.

Full spec is available upon request.

Viewing strictly by appointment. All cars supplied with valid NCT where appropriate.

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