What would you pay for a Volvo?

Personally, I thought throwing in a potted plant was going overboard. Maybe he could have just packed the root-ball in a hessian bag.

Not Saab related, but I couldn’t resist. From The Local

A 66-year-old man from Tranemo in western Sweden faces criminal charges after convincing a 90-year-old woman to sell him a used Volvo for a paltry five kronor ($0.72).

According to prosecutor Stefan Johansson, the car was valued at between 5,000 and 8,000 kronor.

“He has been charged because the price of the car was much too low. The seller was a 90-year-old lady who doesn’t know much about cars. It feels like she has been cheated in some way,” he told The Local.

The prosecutor said that the woman remained in possession of all her mental faculties.

“But as an old woman she is not able to defend herself against a very obstinate man,” said Johansson.

The woman later described the transaction to an acquaintance, who reported the matter to the authorities.

The suspect bought the car in December of last year after a long period of deliberation, Borås Tidning reports.

Displaying a receipt for five kronor as evidence, the 66-year-old claims that the deal was legitimate. Not only did he pay the woman in cash, he said, he also splashed out on a potted amaryllis.

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9 Comments

  1. GA: LOL!

    I’d say that the 90-year-old lady realized that her time on earth was too short to live with that kind of performance!

  2. might be some kind of 740 or, perhaps, the even older sort of 240/244.
    regarding the prices for scrap metal nowadys, the old lady would have been better off by taking it to the scrapyard…
    that way, the old heavy volvo is something like an oremine…

  3. I know, I know, this is a Saab site and all, but I’m also quite fond of Volvos, so here goes.
    An open complaint to the seller of this vehicle:

    If it was a Ford-built Volvo, disregard this message.
    YOU DUMB F**K!

    Also, @ elsch:
    Are you out of your mind? 240/244’s are AWESOME, and it’ll probably last at least as long as a well-maintained 900.

  4. did i judge the quality of these old 240s and 244s? … don’t think so. i like these cars.
    especially the sedans which have become quite rare back at home in germany…
    while reading your comment, lewis, i had another guess on which volvo it could be: a 340/344? in comparison it the more crappy car… 😉
    By the way: can anybody explain what the difference between the x40- and x44-models is?
    and between the x40s and x60s? … the man who thought of that logic must be some sort of crazy… ^^

  5. Heh, the 300 series were quite crap. Also, I apologise, I was merely reacting to your statement about the fact that they should be sold as scrap metal.

    Well, see, the numerical system was quite logical up until 1986 or so, and the designations started with the Volvo 144.

    Model numbers went like this:
    xyz
    where x is the series number (100 series, 200 series, etc)
    y is the number of cylinders in the engine
    z is the number of doors (coupe was a xy2, sedan was a xy4, wagon/estate was a xy5)

    After 1979, the only Volvo sold was the 200 series, so it only got the trim level designation (DL, GLT, etc.)

    Starting in 1986, for the 200 series, the number “240” was used, followed by the trim designation.

    There are a few inconsistencies to this, though, and the Wikipedia article on the Volvo 200 series (www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_200_Series) does a better job of explaining things.

  6. You tend to notice these things when your family is full of Swedish car-fanboys and a popular road trip game is “Figure out what kind of car that is, and be the first to do it!”

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