1976 Volvo 262GL
Most Volvo files are unaware of the existence of this unique car. This is not the ugly (hope I’m not offending anyone out there) Bertone. It’s not just a 262 two door either. It’s a fully optioned 262 FL with sunroof and a standard with OD transmission behind the V6. Talk about unusual, it even has the very rare sports instrument cluster, dash grab handles, fully functioning (sounds awesome) AM/FM cassette deck, power window, A/C, and unique to this model, alloy wheels. The previous and second owner had us do a complete restoration on this car when it was only 10 years old (it hadn’t even thought about rusting yet) because he loved the car but hated the color (puke green). So we changed it to midnight blue. There is still a spot of the original green pain on the firewall to remind us how ugly the color the car was born with was. The blue cloth interior is Volvo stock from similar vintage 242. All other interior trim was changed to be appropriate to the new color scheme. The door cards were recovered but should be taken back to original for complete authenticity. The original V6 runs well for what it is. After its restoration, the previous owner drove the car less than 1,000 miles. It’s been indoor-stored for its entire life and never rusted anywhere or had any rust repair performed. The paint work, done in Dupont single stage acrylic enamel (the best paint ever) is still stunning more than 30 years after restoration. This is a true museum piece and remarkable addition to any collection of unique automobiles. A pleasure to drive and a serious attention getter whereever it goes.