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Once upon a time there was a 1981 Volvo 242 Turbo. The car was owned by my great aunt Esther, the proverbial "Little Ol' Lady from Pasadena". I had my eye on this car for years, they came out the year I graduated from college and I had always wanted one. When Esther passed, I purchased the car from her estate and proceded to mod/restore it.

Picture gallery of the build, http://picasaweb.google.com/SB.Alfaholic/EstherSTurboATribute

After purchasing my GTV6 last December, I decided that the little turbo had to go and sold it to a young gentleman in Northern Calif. I recieved the following pics this morning. Driving too fast through a right hand sweeper, he understeered into oncoming traffic and hit a Corolla head on :eek: The Volvo did it's job and driver and passanger walked away. The driver of the Toyota was not so fortunate but will recover fully.

So long old friend...
 

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Tough losing an old friend isn't it. Sorry for your loss even though it had already moved on, it still hurts to see it end up this way isn't it? We had a nice Fiat 131 that this happened to many years ago, too.
 

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Tough losing an old friend isn't it. Sorry for your loss even though it had already moved on, it still hurts to see it end up this way isn't it? We had a nice Fiat 131 that this happened to many years ago, too.
There are advantages and disadvantages to tracking cars that you have owned, this is one of the disadvantages. It's always nice to know the provenance, but at times it becomes a sad event and causes one to reflect on the what ifs.

Unfortunately, I have a lot of the latter in regard to cars that have passed through our hands over the years.
 

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****, it really sucks when something unfortunate happens to a car you loved when its out of your hands... Very sad, they were nice cars the 242s. Successfully raced here in Australia in the 80's.
 

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I hate to see a good 242 lost. By far the best built, most dependable car I have ever owned was a '79 242. That car went over two hundred thousand miles before it needed ANYTHING fixed.

Reminds us how we often times drive too fast, and every day we drive a little too fast and nothing bad happens, so then we drive a little faster, and nothing happens so then we drive a little faster, still. And then something happens.

Hope the Toyota guy is OK
 

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Hope the Toyota guy is OK
The word I recieved was that he is stable, a few broken bones and expected to make a full recovery.

I have not seen pics of the Corolla, but if the Volvo suffered that much damage I can only imagine that there was not much left of the Toyota.

This is the car the day I sold her,
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/SB.Alfaholic/EstherSVolvo242TurboATribute/photo#5107930877579289586"><img src="http://lh5.google.com/SB.Alfaholic/RuMEEfdc4_I/AAAAAAAABK4/1lFtgIEAWz4/s800/242TRBO%2032.JPG" /></a>
 

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Volvos really don't weigh as much as you would think, but they still pack a wollop. If I was in my Volvo and my brakes went out (hypothetical), I would certainly aim for something squishy, like an uninhabited Toyota.

That was a very nice Turbo. Nice Pic.
 

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is one of those "what ifs" what if that "young gentleman" who "understeered" into oncoming traffic had actually killed the Toyota driver?
I imagine that could have been one of the "what ifs," but not the one I had in mind. I was thinking on a past and very simplistic level, based on some of the cars we've sold, more in the vein of "what if" we hadn't sold the car and held on to it.

In this case, I would presume the Volvo would not be wrecked and the Toyota driver would not have been flirting with death, even though it was not by his choice.

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The Volvo would still probably be safe, but the young gentleman (I would use a different term) would have been driving a different car when he decided to flirt with manslaughter.

Who knows, Don, he may have been driving, say, an big SUV. By selling him the 242 you may have had a hand in saving the Toyota driver's life.

Do you have children? Go give them a hug.
 

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The Volvo would still probably be safe,...
An interesting comment from my perspective, and I hope taking it out of context does not change the meaning that you intended.

When our oldest daugher learned to drive many of her friends had Volvos with the parents stating that the reason they had been purchased was to keep their children safe. So naturally it became a topic of discussion in our house.

Pat believed that the Alfa had just as good or better a safety record as the Volvos in the driver surviving alive. We were both aware of a couple of incidents with bad crashes in Alfas where the driver survived, kind of against all odds, as the Highway Patrol put it because the car crushed around them and protected them.

When our oldest daughter was being stalked, we replaced her Alfa with a BMW Bavaria, not a Volvo, which also served her well.
 

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Well, I meant that the car itself might be safely sitting in Don's driveway today, unharmed. I wasn't refering to the Volvo's ability to protect it's occupants, which is another well known Volvo talent.

As I understand it, Alfas are designed with good crumple zones. I've never owned a hardtop Alfa, but the spiders have a solid feel to them, I feel reasonably safe driving them.

My first car, the Trimph TR4A, I flipped over at low speed, with the top down. After going off a curve one night, it came to rest upside down in a lovely wooded area with a view of Puget Sound. During the transition from right-side-up to up-side-down, the passenger seat tipped forward and wedged under the windshield frame, giving me a little extra room to survive in. When I found myself upside down, in the dark, I was a bit disoriented. I really had to think to locate the ignition switch, to turn it off, as I could hear the gas emptying from the tank filler right behind my head. I had to take off the leather jacket I was wearing, which required a series of contortions, the hood of it was pinched between the top of my seat and the ground. I then kicked open my door, crawled out from under and had to walk the rest of the way home. Actually, I wasn't driving fast when it happened, I lost control because there was a puddle of anti-freeze in the road. Didn't see it.

So everybody please be careful, because you never know. Man, it's fun to go fast, I love it, but be careful. And for God's sakes, when you're with your kids, don't speed, you're teaching them to speed even faster.
 

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The Volvo would still probably be safe, but the young gentleman (I would use a different term) would have been driving a different car when he decided to flirt with manslaughter.

Who knows, Don, he may have been driving, say, an big SUV. By selling him the 242 you may have had a hand in saving the Toyota driver's life.
oh, please!
 

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The word I recieved was that he is stable, a few broken bones and expected to make a full recovery.

I have not seen pics of the Corolla, but if the Volvo suffered that much damage I can only imagine that there was not much left of the Toyota.

This is the car the day I sold her,
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/SB.Alfaholic/EstherSVolvo242TurboATribute/photo#5107930877579289586"><img src="http://lh5.google.com/SB.Alfaholic/RuMEEfdc4_I/AAAAAAAABK4/1lFtgIEAWz4/s800/242TRBO%2032.JPG" /></a>

Where did you take that picture? The setting and backdrop are perfect for car pictures. If it's within a couple hours of the San Fernando Valley, PM me on how to get there.
 

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Where did you take that picture? The setting and backdrop are perfect for car pictures. If it's within a couple hours of the San Fernando Valley, PM me on how to get there.
You want a photographer to give up a secret location? ;)

It's a bit of a drive from the SFV I'm afraid. The backround is Big Sur. The location is a tiny state reserve north of Lucia and just south of Big Sur called John Little State Reserve.

It's getting very difficult to find a place along the coast to shoot a car as
more of the coastline gets built up and additional restrictions are placed on photographers in state parks.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=EN&geocode=&q=big+sur&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=50.69072,76.376953&ie=UTF8&ll=36.127892,-121.629982&spn=0.101909,0.149174&z=13&iwloc=addr&om=1
 
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