Fresh from its restoration by Warren Heath Engineering, this 1985 Volvo 240 can rightly be called the original “Flying Brick”. That’s because this car was the very first Group A-spec Volvo 240 to enter the European Touring Car Championship.
The company has put hundreds of hours into the restoration of Volvo 240-1, but everyone involved seemed to think the car’s place in motorsports history made the work worthwhile. “There are lots of red Ferraris around,” says Heath, admiring 240-1 as it stands outside its usual home in a sleepy village close to Warwick. “The car took nine months to track down, (because) there are so few around that it took a lot of searching. We realized we couldn’t probably afford to buy one of the later museum cars or anything like that– they’re hard to source. This one needed the most work but was worth doing as the first Group A car.”
The car, itself, which raced in different trim levels between 250 and 330 HP, was a tough job to salvage. The original rollcage– complete with inspection stickers!– was in a shed, while the original wheels were tracked down to a drag racer in Sweden. “He’d used them and put them in his shed,” offers Heath.
You can read more about this awesome touring car restoration in the June ’17 issue of Motorsports Magazine, and let me know what you think of this– and how it compares to some of the other 242s we’ve covered— in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Source | Images: Motorsport Magazine.