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The VOLVO 260 GL and GLE was introduced in 1975 in Europe, and one year later in North America. The Volvo 240 and Volvo 260 share the same chassis and body. They are basically the same car but the 260 has more luxury items and the more powerful V6 engine. Depending on the year it is equipped with power mirrors, power windows, leather interior, lots of chrome on the outside, upscale sound system, mag wheels and other luxury items not found on the base Volvo 240. The 260 was the top of the VOLVO line in terms of luxury, replacing the Volvo 164 model produced until 1975 for the title. Differences between the 240 and 260 varied with time. New features were first introduced on the 260 model and later added to the 240. Some features of the Volvo 260 were offered as options on the 240.

The VOLVO 260 was not an entirely new car design for Volvo. It inherited from the Volvo 140 and 164 the whole body, interior and exterior, from the front firewall back to the rear bumper. The windshield, dash, seats, doors, roof, trunk, everything rear of the firewall is the same as the 140 and 164. The novelty on the 260 and 240 is the front end and the introduction of Mcpherson front suspension struts. The hood, fenders, headlights and everything front of the firewall was redesigned.

The main difference between the 260 and 240 is the V6 engine of the 260, while the 240 got an in-line 4 cylinder. The B27 V6 engine had 2.7 liter displacement from 1975 to 1979. In 1980 the B28 engine was introduced with 2.8 liter and an output of 130hp @ 5500rpm and 153 ft.lbs @ 2750. It was also available with the D24 Diesel engine for some years, as shown in the production tables below. In 1980 and 1981 some 264 were sold with the 4 cylinder B21F engine of the 240 series.

From 1975 to 1980 the car was available with a standard or automatic transmission. From 1981 only the automatic was available.

Important fact about the 260 V6 engine: the first B27 version is known for its poor lubrication system. The camshaft will wear prematurely if the engine runs low on oil or if old oil blocks the oil orifices. It is important to check the oil level often, change the oil regularly and fix any oil leak as soon as possible. Quite a few 260's were retired early because of engine failure.

The Volvo 260 was available in 3 body styles: 2 door sedan (262), 4 door sedan (264) and 4 door station wagon (265). From 1975 to 1979 to badge on the car would read 262 GL, 264 GL or 265 GL. Starting in 1980 Volvo changed its badges on all models and the 260 was now identified as GLE. The 4 door and wagon models got a GLE badge on the back. The 2 door coupe model got a COUPÉ badge.

1976 VOLVO 264
1976 VOLVO 264 GL (260 4 door sedan)

1979 VOLVO 264
1979 VOLVO 264 GL (260 4 door sedan)

1980 VOLVO DIESEL
1980 VOLVO GLE DIESEL 4 DOOR SEDAN

1981  VOLVO GLE 264
1981 VOLVO GLE (260 4 DOOR SEDAN)

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The Volvo 264 4 door sedan was sold from 1975 to 1982 and a total of 131500 were produced. The best year for the 4 door sedan was 1976 with 25287 units sold.

The Volvo 265 station wagon was introduced in 1976, one year after the sedan, and was sold until 1985. A total of 35132 Volvo 260 wagons were sold. The best year for the wagon was also 1976 with 8108 units sold. From 1981 the 260 wagons are quite rare. Only 704 units were sold in 1985 which makes it one of the rarest Volvo produced.

1978 VOLVO 262C
1978 262C by Bertone
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The Volvo 262 2 door sedan version was first offered in 1976 and 1977 simply as a 2 door version of the 260. In 1977 only 230 units were sold ! This makes it very collectable and even Volvo enthusiasts are not aware of this fact. In 1978 a completely new 2 door Coupe was presented. The 262C was an extremely exclusive model, which was built by the Italian coachwork designer Bertone. They are recognized by their lowered roof, covered with black vinyl, fancy leather interior, and even more gadgets like power antenna, power sun roof, rear lighter and courtesy lights. In 1980 the roof was not covered with vinyl.

Why so few Volvo 260's survived and are being restored ? The first obvious reason is the low production, much lower than the 240 series. The second reason is the well known fact that luxury models are less attractive to the do it yourself crowd because of the extra costs, complexity and low reliability of gadgets like power antennas, power roof, power mirrors and the like. The final reason is availability of parts and knowledge for the 6 cylinder engine. Since millions of Volvo's use the same 4 cylinder engine in the 240/740/940 series, parts are easy to find used, new and aftermarket. The mechanics are also familiar with the 4 cylinder maintenance, repair and common problems. All this is not true for the 6 cylinder engine used on the 260 and later 760 series. A lot of parts are available only from a Volvo dealers and not cheap. Mechanics don't like the 6 cylinder because they have less experience with it. The camshaft lubrication problem described above certainly doesn't help the reputation of the V6 engine and lead to many cars being scraped earlier than they should.

In 1982 the VOLVO 760 was introduced as the top of the line VOLVO model. Interest in the 260 diminished and the 260 sedan production ceased in 1982. The 260 wagon was produced until 1985, the same year 760 wagon was released. The 760 is a very different chassis but uses the same B28 engine and transmissions inherited from the 260 series.


1975

  • Volvo 260 sales start in Europe

1976

  • Volvo 260 sales start in North America
  • Volvo 262GL, 264DL/GL, and 265DL/GL models available.
  • The DL models have cloth interior on the sedan (vinyl on wagon), manual windows, and just the basic features of the 240DL, but a V6 engine.
  • The GL models have leather interior, power windows (sedan), sunroof (sedans), metallic paint, and silver grilles.
  • All 260 series cars have quad round headlamp systems with a longer hood and vertical grille.
  • The V6 engine was a 2.7 liter all aluminum block+head motor with 125hp @ 5500 rpm and 150ft.lbs @ 2750 rpm.
  • M46 standard transmission was standard, not optional, like on the 240 series.
  • Tachometer was standard on all 260 series cars.

1977

  • All 49 state cars gained catalytic converters as the california cars got a new high capacity 3-way cat.
  • All 1977 models gained fuel prepumps instead of the fuel tank pick-up screen that was on previous models.

1978

  • New thicker seat padding.
  • In North America 4 rectangular headlights used instead of 4 round ones.
  • New power mirrors
  • Volvo 240 4 door and wagons models use the same hood, grille and 4 round headlights as the earlier 260's.
  • 260 sedans go to 185/70R14 tires with S-speed rating.
  • 260 wagons continue with 185R14 tires but Michelin XZX with black wall
  • New exclusive 262C coupe introduced with chopped top, wood trims on door panels, fancy leather interior.

1979

  • New rear end on sedans with wrap around taillights eliminating the side marker lights. New trunk lid and trunk lock.
  • New steering wheel
  • New molded plastic door pockets on front doors, with color matching the panel
  • 260DL discontinued
  • Thermostatic heater control system (lever-type)

1980

  • Volvo changes its badges on all models and the 260 now identified as the GLE. The 4 door and wagon models got a GLE badge on the back. The 2 door coupe model got a COUPÉ badge.
  • B27F engine bored and becomes the B28F. Power is increased to 130HP
  • D24 Diesel engine introduced, DIESEL badges on front grille and rear end, green fuel cap
  • Front spoiler added
  • In 1980 and 1981 some 264 were sold with the 4 cylinder B21F engine of the 240 series.

1981

  • New wrap around taillights on wagons eliminating the side marker lights
  • Standard transmission no longer available, only automatic
  • New dash board with extended instrument cluster. Dash color now matches the interior, previously the dash was always black. New vents, glove box, ashtray, small shelf on the center console.
  • New instrument cluster with bigger tachometer
  • New armrests, window crank handles and interior door handles now color matches the door panels and seats.
  • 262C Coupe loses M46 standard transmission
  • 262C Coupe loses vinyl roof.

1982

  • 262C Coupe no longer available
  • Wagon model no longer available in North America

1983

  • Diesel no longer available
  • Only the station wagon produced, and only 1018 units sold. Not available in North America.

1984

  • Only the station wagon produced, and only 857 units sold. Not available in North America.

1985

  • Only the station wagon produced, and only 704 units sold. Not available in North America.


Models and Engines

Model Engine From To Comment Picture
VOLVO 260 GL,
GLE
- 1975 1985 The 260 GL or GLE is basically the same car as the VOLVO 240 with more luxury items and a V6 engine. The 260 GL is equipped with power mirrors, power windows, leather interior, lots of chrome on the outside trims, upscale sound system and other luxury items. Difference between 240 and 260 varies the years. The badge changed to GLE in 1980. View a picture
- B27F 1975 1979
- B28F 1980 1985
VOLVO 262C, COUPE - 1978 1981 Identifies the 260 with 2 doors coupe style designed and built by Bertone in Italy, from 1978 to 1980. They are recognized by their lowered roof, covered with black vinyl (not 1980), fancy leather interior, wood trims and even more gadgets like power antenna, power sun roof, rear lighter and courtesy lights. View a picture
- B27F 1978 1979
- B28F 1980 1981
VOLVO 260 DIESEL - 1980 1982 The VOLVO 260 Diesel came with the D24 Diesel engine produced by Volkswagen. The D24 engine is has 6 cylinder inline and a displacement of 2.4 liter. Note that 240 Diesel's were also produced. -
- D24 1980 1982

Chassis available
Name Style Description From To Total Production Picture
VOLVO 264 4 door sedan 200 Series, 6 cyl. engine, 4 door 1975 1982 131500 View a picture
VOLVO 265 station wagon 200 Series, 6 cyl. engine, 5 door station wagon 1976 1985 35132 View a picture
VOLVO 262 2 door coupe 200 Series, 6 cyl. engine, 2 door 1976 1981 9951 View a picture

VOLVO 260 SEDAN Production
VOLVO 260 4 door sedan Production (264)
CHASSIS MODEL_YEAR MODEL PRODUCTION_ID FROM_CHASSIS
_NUMBER
NUMBER_BUILT ENGINES TRANSMISSIONS
VOLVO 264 1975 264 GL B 1 9674 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 264 1976 264 GL E 9675 25287 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 264 1977 264 GL H 34470 12045 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 264 1978 264 GL L 46515 15590 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 264 1979 264 GL M 62105 20950 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 264 1980 GLE A 85055 24058 B21F,B28F M46,BW55
VOLVO 264 1980 DIESEL A D24 M46,BW55
VOLVO 264 1981 GLE B 107610 17696 B21F,B28F BW55
VOLVO 264 1982 GLE C 125110 6390 B28F BW55
VOLVO 264 1982 DIESEL C D24 BW55

VOLVO 260 STATION WAGON PRODUCTION
VOLVO 260 Station Wagon Production (265)
CHASSIS
_NAME
MODEL_YEAR MODEL_FULL_NAME PRODUCTION_ID FROM_CHASSIS
_NUMBER
NUMBER_BUILT ENGINES TRANSMISSIONS
VOLVO 265 1976 265 GL E 1 8108 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 265 1977 265 GL H 8115 2805 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 265 1978 265 GL L 10920 4815 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 265 1979 265 GL M 15735 6040 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 265 1980 GLE A 21775 6481 B28F M46,BW55
VOLVO 265 1980 DIESEL A D24 M46,BW55
VOLVO 265 1981 GLE B 28320 2315 B28F BW55
VOLVO 265 1981 DIESEL B D24 BW55
VOLVO 265 1982 GLE C 30635 1918 B28F BW55
VOLVO 265 1983 GLE D 32553 1018 B28F BW55
VOLVO 265 1984 GLE E 33571 857 B28F BW55
VOLVO 265 1985 GLE F 34428 704 B28F BW55

VOLVO 262 PRODUCTION
VOLVO 262 2 door coupe Production (262)
CHASSIS
_NAME
MODEL_YEAR MODEL_FULL_NAME PRODUCTION_ID FROM_CHASSIS
_NUMBER
NUMBER_BUILT ENGINES TRANSMISSIONS
VOLVO 262 1976 262 GL E 1 3099? B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 262 1977 262 GL H 2430 230 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 262 1978 262C L 2660 1670 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 262 1979 262C M 4330 2120 B27F M46,BW55
VOLVO 262 1980 COUPE A 6450 1920 B28F M46,BW55
VOLVO 262 1981 COUPE B 8375 912 B28F BW55

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