By on October 7, 2013

05 - Volvo 240 with BMW Grille in Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinMost of the time, a car’s final owner doesn’t realize that his or her ride’s next stop will be The Crusher, but some are very aware that the Automotive Grim Reaper will be coming for their wheels soon. Sometimes such an owner glues crap all over the car, and sometimes disturbing cut-and-paste body modifications are in order. In this case, the owner of Volvo 240 must have thought something like, “Hey, Sweden, Germany, what’s the diff?” and applied a quick dose of Bavarianitude to the boxy Swede. I prefer it when a car’s last owner turns it into a road racer, but I think this low-budget customization is worthy of a Junkyard Find.
04 - Volvo 240 with BMW Grille in Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinOK, so the space between the lip of the hood and the top edge of the grille needs some filler, but otherwise this might look convincing at 200 feet, on a foggy night.
02 - Volvo 240 with BMW Grille in Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinYou’d expect zip-ties and/or plumber’s tape for this installation, but some fairly substantial materials were used instead.
01 - Volvo 240 with BMW Grille in Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThough this car sports the two large round headlights of the 1975-76 US-market 240, it appears that this is a later-model car with some hooptily-installed headlight buckets.

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23 Comments on “Junkyard Find: Volvo 240 With Rare BMWization Package...”

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    The Nissan Laurel-ization of my Cressida is coming along much more smoothly than this.

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    I’ve very rarely seen cars customized/butchered to look like a hybrid of different makes, Id imagine this practice is slightly more common in the US than NZ. The only car which I’ve seen with this treatment and thought worked well (excluding the famous Folden- half ’69 Mustang, half ’74 Holden Kingswood) was a Nissan R32 Skyline to which the owner had grafted the front of a Holden VL Commodore.

    It was a very tidy job actually, the nose and front valance blended almost seamlessly with the wings and the bumpers, headlights, etc were aligned perfectly. Not bad for “a two week project in my Uncle’s barn” as he referred to it. Upon posting a photo of it on my Facebook page I had a whole lot of car-fanatic friends asking if I knew whether it was a VL with an R32 front or vice versa! One of them christened it a “VL32”.

    Funnily enough the VL Commodore’s used Nissan running gear, though not the same engine found in the R32 Skyline.

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    Kyree S. Williams

    I can see where the owner was going with this one. I mean, the Volvo 240 kind of looks like the BMW 1500-2000…if you have cataracts…

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    This is awesome.

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    I am personally in year 2 of my conversion of a 1995 Plymouth Neon into a Dodge Neon.

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    If I look at the small thumbnail and blur my vision it looks just like an Alfa stepnose!

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    I’m surprised criminals haven’t tried more of this to confuse witnesses. The guy who saw it from the front swears it was a BMW the guy who saw it from the back swears it was a Volvo.

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    This just looks sooo stupid.

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    Whoever did this managed to blend BMW styling with a BMW “face” better than whoever designed the i3.

    That being said, it leaves quite a bit of a panel gap.

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    Now you know why Junkyards are so alluring to some of us GearHeads….


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    Those panel gaps are ALMOST as bad as my father’s ’75 Chrysler Newport when I was growing up.

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    Having owned a few 240s myself, that’s certainly an earlier car – the fenders and hood mark it as pre-’86, as the later cars had slightly shorter turn signal lenses that wrapped around into the fenders more, and the old ‘coffinhood’ has a more prominent, narrower ‘beak’ at the front, with the vents on the cowl behind it centered rather than divided.

    (Other giveaways: early chrome mirrors, chrome trim around the side window frames, and early headrests, which were taller in appearance and less curved.)

    My old ’89, for comparison:

    No, I don’t have a neckbeard… why do you ask?

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      The hood sort of threw me off, I could use those chrome trim bits if I ever saw this “BimVo”.

      Clever use of an extra L on your car, “Lolvo”, though I’m curious to know what other 240s you’ve owned (and which was the best).

      I’ve found the newer head rests to be handy in that they can accept head cushions from 700-900s.

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    Domestic Hearse

    So there we were, somewhere in the middle of Wyoming on our way to Frontier Days to meet a couple college co-eds from Laramie.

    Me and my best friend Todd had all four windows rolled down to let in the July night air. Around our fifth or sixth Old Milwaukee from the cooler in the backseat, I’d bet Todd his POS Volvo couldn’t top 100, and he took me up on the wager.

    Probably wasn’t the best idea, out in the dark on the high plains desert, pushing the old brick beyond the speed rating of four bald, mismatched tires, and certainly beyond the stopping power of the leaking brake lines.

    Wasn’t long till the handling of the former was found lacking, followed immediately by the failure of the latter. Fur flashed through headlights, Todd jerked the wheel which didn’t do much of anything to change our course of direction. Then there was the sickening sound of flesh impacting steel and glass.

    One less antelope, seldom heard.

    We rolled to a stop in complete darkness. Both headlights were smashed and the grill of the old Volvo was busted to bits. After stashing the empties in the ditch and the cooler in the trunk (in case a trooper rolled up on us), we assessed the damage – miraculously, no fluid was leaking out. So with me leaning out the passenger window with an old, dying flashlight dug out of the glovebox, we picked our way to a truckstop just outside Cheyenne. He took the front seat and I took the back and we slept it off.

    The girls, well they were pretty fine in their short-shorts and cowboy boots, and they kindly let us stay with them in their hotel room that weekend. Them in one bed, me and Todd in the other. We were having zero luck with Cowboy State wildlife. But we did have some luck later when we got home to Thermopolis. Of course, there weren’t any salvaged Volvo grills to be found at the US Junk Cars yard, but there was a sweet BMW grill. Once we got the dried blood and fur cleaned out of the way, the installation went pretty well, all things considered.

    Never did get the driver-side turn signal to stay in, though.

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    Um, I just attached a slightly incorrect lower grill to my 84 LeBaron convertible with zip ties. Only about half an inch of empty space, though, so you have to look hard and/or long to see that it’s not a fit. And, of course, I had to trim the donor grill quite a bit to get it to fit at all.

    Gosh, I hope nobody looks at it and thinks my car is a New Yorker. Either New Yorker owners or I would be mighty embarrassed, but I’m not sure which.

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      I’m surprised that you have to do any trimming to get the grille to fit, whenever I see an incomplete 80’s K-Car I just want to make a frankensten mobile from as many models as I can find.

      Perhaps an Aries wagon with the nose of a Daytona?

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    So the guy wanted to be a social climber…

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    Dan R

    So sad.

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    I just wonder where all the BMW grilles are coming from? I knew a guy who did an extensive conversion of his Datsun 510 into a beemer, and just saw a Dodge Omni with the BMW grille added. I had a neighbor who put a Beemer grille on an older Audi A4 – that one didn’t look too far off, since it fit nearly perfectly. Now a Volvo? Has this replaced the “Rolls-Royce-Grille-On-A-Bug” phenomenon?

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      A year and a half ago I shipped one of my BMWs from Europe on my own money with a cheap company (employer only paid for one vehicle to be shipped). It arrived without its grille, so that’s one answer.

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    Maybe the BMW facia is from the 2002 used in the current TD Ameritrade ads. The one that “needs a new transmission” has a generic front.

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    Andy D

    You can de-grill an E28 very easily. My Ranger sports a rondel hood emblem sticky taped to the hood, and a Kidney tied onto the grill. I have contemplated fitting the quad headlight buckets, but it is too work for a whimsy. .

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