Tuesday, July 15, 2014

5k: Beat The Blues: 1969 Volvo 142S

The Volvo 140 series marked a big change stylistically for Volvo when it debuted in 1966.  With the 142/4/5 came boxy but good styling that replaced the 50's look of the ancient Amazon/122S, but most of the important bits under the skirt were the same. Find this 1969 Volvo 142S offered for $5,750 buy-it-now on ebay located in Auburn, CA with a few hours to go.

Blue is a great color for classic cars like this -- not a powder blue, but a medium blue in a single stage paint that goes nicely with the amber turn signal lenses.  Volvo must have had an issue meeting all of the international requirements for turn signal visibility as the front fenders are covered with orange blotches like a teenager's face.  The front fenders and hood have been repainted at least once and look far too nice for the rest of the car.

Under the hood is a trusty 2.0 liter B20 inline-4 equipped with twin SU carbs, good for 118 horsepower and mated to the rear wheels via a 4-speed gearbox.  Slow...yes.  Steady...absolutely.  This car is a tortoise and it will take all the abuse you can shell out at it....and then some.

Inside is a simple faded blue seat of seats and ....holy horns of Helsingborg!! That shifter lever is the size of a giant alpenhorn.  You could roast a full grown elk over an open fire on that thing.

Caveat emptor - this car was apparently sold on ebay for $5150 on June 26th, but is now being relisted by the same seller. Could be a simple case of buyer and/or seller cancelling the bid per eBay Motors' non-binding policy, but perhaps some homework is in order.

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  1. It's hard enough finding a 140, let alone one in such fine condition.

    It'd be a steal at $10,000


  2. $10,000 would be a heck of a high price for any 140. Rare yes, but they're probably the second-most unloved of the classic Volvos, after their 164 platform mates. Try to return this to its factory sheen, and you'll certainly be over $10k. It's a fine Daily Turismo as is, though I'd personally say $5k is top dollar for a 142 with no go-fast bits like this.

    It's hard to see in the photos what the quality of the paint is, or whether it's hiding any rust. There also looks to be a large dent in the hood. There are a few hard-to-source parts on the 140 - things like rubber seals have become expensive and scarce. The M40 4-speed is not great for long freeway jaunts.

    All that said, I enjoy driving my 145. They don't get much love outside the West Coast, however.

  3. This is probably priced about right. There is definite paint mis-match likely from previous body work done but a good 20 footer, an old car you could drive regularly and have fun without having to pamper it.


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