Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Safari Ready: 1974 Volvo 142

If you find a true boxy Volvo fan they will tell you a few things. First, the 140/240/740 is the best car to have ever been built because it can be a: daily driving sedan, family wagon, race car, driftersporty 2-door classic, custom wagon, autocrosser...I think you get the picture.  But today, we've got a special treat for you, a safari ready box.  Find this 1974 Volvo 142 offered for $2,700 in Mobile, AL via craigslist.  Tip from Zach.

From the seller:

This car was designed for someone who wants to go places. It doesn't matter the place, because obviously this thing is going to get you there. Remote cabin getaway? DONE. Beachside party spot? DONE. Opposing lane of traffic divided by a median, curb, ditch, or anything less than concrete wall? DONE and DONE. It will go ANYWHERE, just as long as you're not trying to get there in a hurry. The car is a 4 speed manual, which means anything above about 65mph is pretty much not going to happen. The car will go faster than that, but it sounds like a combination of acid jazz and your parents making just really don't want to deal with it. 

Under the hood is the original B20 overhead valve 4-banger that is fed with a single Weber carb and upgraded with a more aggressive cam and electronic ignition.

The interior is ratty, but if you want to live the rally dream, this is a good way to start for cheap.  The seller admits that the car has a significant amount rust, but it should only get faster with each bump in the road as it sheds unnecessary iron bits.

 See a better way to go rally in a boxy Volvo?


  1. This is the best ad I've read in a long time. This line in particular brings me great joy: "The original builder of the car used some greats parts, and did a terrible job installing them."

    This seller deserves a DT award for excellence in advertising copy writing. In the spirit of the "Unsold Adams" award I'll suggest the excellence in writing award be called, "Frank, deFord."

  2. Acid Jazz wholley cheap chit....might beat a 3 popper 2 sickel Saab....WAHHHHHH

  3. We have seen this one before:

    Liked it then, like it now.

  4. I just went and saw this car.its for sale now for $1200. the man said I could pay $800 down on it but I didn't know anything about this car or Volvo.


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