1979 Volvo 242 DL 16vT Group-A Inspired Race Car

Price: US $8,998.00
  • Location: San Francisco, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Volvo
  • Model: 240
  • Type: Coupe
  • Year: 1979
  • Mileage: 12,000
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Options: Sunroof

1979 Volvo 240 description

This sinister Volvo 242 DL has been helping me disturb the peace for about seven years. I’m the second owner, and it was a well cared for, low mileage original car, when I acquired it. If it’s not obvious enough, this Volvo is far from stock.

The transformation took a few patient years, but it was worth the wait. The past few years have been a blast, enjoying this car! In a sentence, it’s a Group-A inspired Volvo 242 with some Hot Rod flavor. All the modifications were carefully selected and fully documented, and supported by the RWD Volvo Turbo Community.

A sensory overload this car is, indeed, with the sounds, sight, feel & smell….I haven’t yet dared taste it. But the other senses are enough to get you hooked! This car’s soundtrack is music to my ears….though your neighbors may disagree. It’s powered by a custom built Twin-Cam Turbo Redblock engine...for those that know, it’s a B230FT short block with piston oil squirters, a B234F 16v Head, loaded with Volvo Penta PZ camshafts, and a Mitsubishi TD04HL-16T turbocharger on a Long Tube Even Runner Stainless-Steel Exhaust Manifold. Attention to detail has not been overlooked, as everything functions, fits and looks beautiful.

Suspension is all custom, with contributions from Kaplhenke Racing for custom coilover & quick steering components, as well as PSI, trackside at Sonoma Raceway for a set of custom valved Bilstein HD shocks & struts. Ride quality, steering & handling are beautiful. It’ll stop in a hurry, as well, thanks to 13” rotors on all four corners and Brembo 6-Piston/4-Piston calipers from a Porsche Cayenne….you’d put your nose into the windshield, if it weren’t for the recent SFI legal 4-Point racing harnesses mounted to a professionally TIG welded roll bar...the roll bar alone is pure artwork.

There is no radio, no HVAC, or other nonsense. This is a Track Ready Car on street tires. Guaranteed to make you smile, and scare your significant other. You’ll have a blast at your next track day or be the talk of your local Cars & Coffee event.

In the reliability department, I’ve made countless road trips in this, as far as Summit County Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Tucson Arizona, and Los Angeles. Pack some earbuds, but I promise you’d rather listen to this motor than anything on your digital media device.

Please ask any questions

The official specs, for those that care or know...


  • 242 GT Air Dam

  • Group-A Decklid Spoiler

  • Cibie Amber Fog Lights

  • Hella Red Rear Fog Light

  • SAAB "16 Valve" Badge

  • Cibie 7" Round H4 Headlights

  • Snow Scoop

  • Blacked Out Rear Panel

  • ESM 016 Wheels (17x8.5 et30; 32/51mm Adapters)

  • 225/45/17 Tires


  • Bride Vios iii bucket seats

  • Kaplhenke seat brackets

  • R-Sport Gauge Cluster

  • Kaplhenke Steering Wheel Hub

  • MOMO Monte Carlo Steering Wheel

  • Tar paper removal

  • Roll bar

  • Racequip harnesses

  • 3-Gauge Dash Pod (oil temp, AFR, turbo boost)

  • Custom switch panel

Accessories& Revisions

  • Serpentine Accessory Belt Kit (A/C Delete)

  • 850 100a Alternator

  • 850 Power Steering Pump w/ Remote Reservoir

  • 92 LH2.4 Complete Vehicle Wiring Harness (optimized)

  • Main Harness

  • ABS Delete

  • Rear Door Circuts Delete

  • Center Brake Light Delete

  • Factory Speaker Wiring Delete

  • Shift Lock & A/T Ignition Inhibitor Delete

  • Chime/Buzzer Delete.

  • A/C Delete

  • Fog Lights, E-Fan integrated with main harness

  • Fan Switch Integrated to Air Cond. Switch

  • Dash Dimmer bypass

  • Courtesy light delete

  • Rear Fog switches relocated to center

  • Rear Fog Light lead, relocated for hanging post mount light

  • Push Button Starter, w/ Aircraft Style Toggle Switch

  • AutoMeter Sport-Comp Wideband AFR Gauge

  • Mercedes 2-Stage Fuel Pump Pigtail

  • Battery Relocation (BMW e30 Cable)

  • JL Audio Battery Cable Splitter

  • Monster Audio Splitter to Power Block Cable

  • Reroute Starter Cable Through Firewall

  • Marine Battery Box

  • Braided Stainless Steel Ground Straps

  • Engine Harness lh2.4

  • Oil Temp Lead Integrated

  • AMM relocate

  • Re-route injector connectors

  • Miata Ignitor

  • Subaru Wasted-Spark Coil


  • B230FT Squirter Block

  • B234F 16v Head

  • Penta AQ171 PZ Cams

  • TTR Adjustable Timing Gears

  • Yoshifab Billet Steel 16v Crank Gear

  • Yoshifab 16v Intake Manifold

  • Yoshifab TB Pulley

  • 960 3” Throttle Body

  • Yoshifab 16v Phenolic Intake Spacer

  • MGP Racing 16v Exhaust Manifold

  • Yoshifab Timing Belt Adapter Kit w/ Gates Kevlar Belt

  • Ford 4.6L Valve Springs

  • Diesel Motor Mounts

  • Mitsubishi TD04HL-16t Turbocharger

  • eBay Intercooler

  • Custom Aluminum Radiator w/ Fan & Shroud

  • Silicone Intake Elbows, Joiners & Couplers

  • TLAO Silicone Coolant Hoses

  • Stainless Steel Hose Clamps

  • Mercedes-Benz 2-Stage Fuel Pumps

  • 3" Aluminized Steel Down Pipe

  • 3" Aluminized Steel Side Exhaust


  • 1031 Carrier w/ 3.91 Ring & Pinion

  • Eaton Detroit TrueTrac LSD Differential

  • Mustang 5.0L WC T5 Transmission, 2.95/.63

  • Avalanche Performance T5 Bellhousing Adapter

  • Mustang Fox Body Driveshaft

  • Yoshifab Driveshaft Adapter

  • Custom Transmission X-Member

  • JVAB Steel LH2.4 Flywheel

  • SAAB 9000 Aero Pressure Plate

  • ClutchNet 240mm Organic Clutch Disc


  • Kaplhenke Shortened Coilover Strut Housings (brake tab delete)

  • Yoshifab Control & Trailing Arm Boxing Plates

  • SuperPro Polyurethane Bushings

  • BNE Select Camber/Caster Plates w/ Luxe Steer

  • Bilstein HD SAAB 900 Struts (360/130 linear)

  • Bilstein HD Chevy S10 Shocks (350/130 linear)

  • Eibach XG Coilover Springs (350/200)

  • Kaplhenke Quick Steer Roll Correction Knucklew/ Ackermann adjustment

  • IPD 25/22mm Sway Bars

  • Adjustable Panhard Bar

  • Adjustable Torque Rods


  • FCP Sport Drilled/Slotted Rotors (S60R, 77volvo245 parking brake hats)

  • PowerStop Sport Brake Pads (Touareg V8)

  • Cardone Reman’d Brembo Calipers (Touareg V8)

  • Homer Brake Caliper Adapters

  • SS Brake Lines

  • Slim Brake Booster

  • Kaplhenke Brake Line Hanger
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