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Autotrader Find: 1983 Volvo 240 With Just 57,000 Miles

Here’s a time capsule. This green 1983 Volvo 240 sedan has accumulated just 56,758 miles in its 35-year lifespan — and it’s still in the excellent, fresh condition you’d expect for a vehicle that’s been driven so little. It’s the lowest-mileage Volvo 240 on Autotrader, and it’s one of the lowest-mileage examples I’ve seen in years.

On the outside, this 240 looks exactly as you’d expect for a vehicle with such low miles, with no visible blemishes. The green color is rather bright, and, while it appears to be original paint, it’s unclear if it really is. There aren’t many interior photos in the listing, but the ones included show a time capsule interior with unusually light wear.

How does a car like this “happen”? According to the Carfax report, it was sold new in May 1983 in Seattle. The original owner then kept it there until May 2016, at which point it was registered clear across the country in Sayville, New York, on the south shore of Long Island. At that point it had only 44,647 miles. But the second owner drove it more frequently, adding 11,000 miles in the next year.

Now it’s offered by New Milford Motors in Connecticut, where it’s listed for $15,000. That is, of course, big money for a 1983 Volvo 240 — but if you’re an aficionado of the 240, as many people are, it’s unlikely you will find another one that’s this nice.

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  1. It was only about $12k new.  I bought an ’83 242 there new for that.  One look at the engine compartment and it brought back bad memories.  Beautiful car, nothing but problems with it.  

  2. The interior shots are different. One has something covering the floor and the other not. It also looks like the seats are different but that could just be the light. 

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