Wagon Wednesday: Volvo 240 Super Long Wagon

One morning I was drinking coffee and casually browsing obscure car blogs when suddenly, this!
This long longroof was spotted by the readers of a Polish website called Stado Baranow. It is obviously some kind of one-off creation, but damn, it looks good enough to be factory.

So many questions.
Did it start off as a long wheel base 240 sedan? Or is it an extended wagon? Is factor or a work of a mad man? Doesn’t it need a third cross bar on the roof? What does that plastic spoiler actually do? Does it have three rows of seats?
Those are Swedish plates and the car is in Warsaw, Poalnd, which answers a lot of questions.

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  1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    The Swedish ambassador to Poland enjoys copious legroom, but does not feel he needs the added conspicuity that typically accompanies it.

  2. JTuhka Avatar

    That’s actually a factory model. 245T to be exact (T for Transfer).

    1. Perc Avatar

      Aw shucks, you beat me to it. I spent too much time looking up some facts and tidbits.
      Anyway, it was apparently used for school transport and taxi duty. Remember, in 1970’s and 1980’s Europe everyone made their own things. Volvo didn’t have a people carrier, so what you got was a stretched 240. The German equivalent of this is probably a Mercedes T1 van.

  3. mzszsm Avatar

    The little spoiler thing is to keep the rear window clean.

  4. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
  5. Batshitbox Avatar

    You could fit a lot of Poles in there.

    1. Alff Avatar

      That’s why you don’t need the third crossbar – the longer ones go on the roof.

  6. Hatchtopia Avatar

    And the revised design got rid of the rear door “droop” leftover from the sedans. Win win win!

  7. Jofes2 Avatar

    I looked up the number plate and it leads to a scooter… Maybe those aren’t really Swedish plates? Because I don’t want to think of this beauty being scrapped.

    1. JTuhka Avatar

      Those are definitely old Swedish plates. It was most likely a taxi when new and those travel stickers on the rear side window tell a tale of million kilometers. But it’s possible that it simply has been exported out of Sweden for good.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Reminds me of a story an expatriate Swede told on BaT today that is just fantastic…look for “Beyfon” talking about a Starlet:

        Only One in the USA: $1,900 1986 Nissan Micra

  8. Alan Cesar Avatar
    Alan Cesar

    “The bodywork looks good enough to be factory.”
    Nevermind that it apparently actually is factory; bodywork this simple is fairly easy to replicate. That’s the beauty of rectangles.