A study in pared down simplicity, the 240 wagon, last produced in '93(I thought '92), marked the end of an era for Volvo. As Volvo phased it out, the (relatively) sleeker 740 wagon visually italicized the straight lines of the 240. But unlike an ill fitting suit, the 240's boxy construction remains classic, damn near iconic even. Simple knobs, dials and push buttons. Red for heat, Blue for cold. Utilitarian and smart. No computer-controlled anything. Reliable and, famously, safe(which I can attest to personally). The soccer-mom car from my youth. Designed by Jan Wilsgaard, Chief Designer at Volvo for forty years (1950-1990), he is quoted, wryly remarking on the success of the 200 series, "it might be due to the fact that the car is a little square and sluggish, just like the Swedes themselves." Square and sluggish as it may be, my 9'6" Dan Taylor would look good strapped to the top of it.