Those were the heydays of the Volvo Cars….starting from the 144…240…244 …264 – all embodying the trademark features of unmistakable Viking precision engineering and supreme obsession with safety.
I had the experience of driving one of my cousin’s 240GL back in the early 80s. A bit sluggish though, but the low-frequency soft growling sound that reflected back from the road during acceleration felt like real power – raw and refined at the same time. It had power steering but the Swedes had deliberately made it a bit on the heavy side.
Alas, changing consumer tastes, stricter environmental regulations and economic considerations took a heavy toll on Volvo Cars, and in 2009, the company landed in the hands of Geely Auto – a PRC company.
The classical Volvo design has vaporized; latter-day models are indistinguishable from the myriads of “me-and-you-lookalikes” and also-rans.