Stories & Photos by Clayton Hoyle
Someone might consider me lucky to be able to have gotten not only one but two Volvo 240’s both at different times for only 300 dollars per car. The Sedan got me safely through a rather serious car accident that could have gone a lot different in a car that didn’t have the strength that a 240 has, with its boxy design and heavy metal. No one in the 240 got hurt that day but my passenger could have likely lost a leg if things had gone just the slightest bit different.
A week later after the pain of losing my beloved first car, which didn’t have a problem in the world, it felt like it was time to get back on the road. It felt like I would never be able to strike up another unheard-of deal on an amazing piece of Swedish engineering but nevertheless, I started looking every hour of every day for a 240 on Craigslist.
Being that I was still in high school at the time, I didn’t have much money to spend on a vehicle. Friday morning I found a white 1992 Volvo 240 Wagon for 1500 dollars, it wasn’t driver ready but it was a deal I couldn’t pass on. If I wanted another 240 I needed to take whatever I could find as soon as I saw it. The highly sought-after vehicle was becoming harder and harder to find, not because they didn’t last but because no one wanted to get rid of them. I called on the white wagon that morning before school, there was no answer. I checked craigslist again, no ad, the car had been sold. I felt like I had missed out on another deal of a lifetime. After a long afternoon of frustration, I got home and looked again for a Volvo 240 and there it was a 1990 Silver 240 Wagon for $300. The next morning my father and I drove an hour from Sidney to Westbrook, Maine to pick up the nearly perfect interior vehicle and it was ready to drive, no work needed. The wagon had much more room than the Sedan, not that the Sedan didn’t have the biggest trunk anyone had ever seen.
That Silver Wagon has driven me from graduation to my first trip to college, moved me to my first apartment in one trip, and made endless memories with friends. From filling the car way beyond its legal limit with people to getting lost on a 4 hour trip to a friend’s grandparents’ house that was only 15 minutes away. On one occasion we filled the trunk of the blue Sedan with a $100 worth of Maruchan Ramen Noodles coasting only $0.25 per packet we had bought all the ramen Waterville Hannaford had for a food drive.