You Need This: Supercharged Ford V8-powered Volvo 240 wagon

By Colin Wood
Dec 4, 2023 | Volvo, V8, wagon, Volvo 240, Engine swap, Cars For Sale, Volvo Wagon, Volvo 245

Photography Courtesy Zeph Smith/Facebook Marketplace

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing, right? So why not drop a 5.0-liter Ford V8 into a ’79 Volvo wagon–and then cam it and supercharge it for good measure?

In addition to that, this Volvo 245 also features a T5 manual gearbox, Holley Sniper EFI, Sparco seats, BC Racing coil-overs, BBS wheels, upgraded brakes from a 244 Turbo, and a battery relocated to the trunk.

Located in Gainesville, Florida, this 1979 Volvo 245 Wagon is listed at $8500.

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greggearhead Reader
12/4/23 1:50 p.m.

Lots of yes here.  

Janitor_genie GRM+ Memberand New Reader
12/4/23 2:00 p.m.

what's the life expectancy of that T5?

calteg SuperDork
12/4/23 3:10 p.m.

In reply to Janitor_genie :

Depends on what car it came out of. I think the world-class T5s could stand up to quite a bit more abuse. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
12/4/23 3:22 p.m.

In reply to calteg :

If it helps the listing mentions that the engine and transmission came from an '84 Mustang GT.


DavyZ New Reader
12/4/23 3:23 p.m.

It really needed the battery relocated to the trunk?  For what, better weight distribution?!?  All joking aside, I do like this one and it just needs a new coat of paint. My 242 had the same headlights--memories...

1988RedT2 MegaDork
12/4/23 3:46 p.m.

This wouldn't happen to be one of Paul Newman's old cars?

dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
12/4/23 3:47 p.m.

It's here in town if anyone wants me to lay eyes on it.

03Panther PowerDork
12/4/23 4:26 p.m.

In reply to 1988RedT2 :

Newman's wagon was a 740. "With a puffer" in his words!

Jesse Ransom
Jesse Ransom GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
12/4/23 6:20 p.m.

That's pretty wonderful...

12/4/23 6:36 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Can not argue with you.

It did get finished, just cant put my digital hand on any pics just now.

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