1991 Volvo 240 Crew Cab

We’ve seen Volvo 240 pickup conversions before, but never a crew cab!  This one retains rear doors and a rear seat, although the seat back angle doesn’t scream comfort.

This seems to be a very well done pickup conversion which started with a wagon.  The bed is even trimmed out on top and the tailgate works!

Mileage was 340K whenever the odometer stopped working, but a Volvo can do more if well maintained.  Unfortunately, this example is equipped with an automatic transmission and it’s sometimes slow to go into reverse.  That sounds like the perfect excuse to swap in a manual trans!  Supposedly, there’s a bit of rust around the wheel wells and a crack or two on the dash; but condition otherwise appears to be very good.

Given the possibility of transmission issues (and the opportunity to swap), plus perhaps an engine rebuild – or swap – in the near future, we think this is a deal at the opening bid of $1K and not so much at the $3K buy-it-now price.  Somewhere in the middle is a reasonable deal for someone with the skills to handle the mechanical bits – even better it it’s someone with a Volvo manual trans lying around.

Regardless of what the next owner does with this one, it will remain a cool curiosity that’s actually useful and well done.

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Norwich, CT, USA
$1,000 with ZERO bids, six days to go and $3,000 BIN price

Considering this is a homebrew conversion, this it a pretty well-finished truck. We see no obvious plywood or corrugated siding!

From this angle, something doesn’t look normal; but it’s hard to put a finger on it.

Let’s get back to that conversion.   Here’s the functional tailgate in the up position.  Note that the rear wiper is also present, confirming this started life as a wagon.  We love the “0.0” sticker…

Here’s the bed in all its glory and ready to accept a load of compost.  Is that a speaker on the side?

The builder even put in a Ridgeline-style, hidden storage area.  We don’t know if it works as a cooler.

This fits…

Interior appears to be in very good condition and is essentially stock.

Here’s where it’s not so stock.  Seatback angle and lack of padding mean adults probably shouldn’t ride back there.  As the seller suggests, however, a child seat might fit.  Hopefully, there are seat belts or anchor points.

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Hi eveyone! Check it out!
91 240 
I did the truck conversion back when I first got it just about four years ago.Its been a very good car to me it’s never given me a problem and it’s been on many many road trips.Couple things that don’t work like the odometer stopped working at 340k and that was some time ago.
Fuel gauge also doesn’t work but in four years I’ve never run out of gas.
Blower motor works on high but only sometimes although with the vent open it gets plenty warm in the winter,reverse can take a few seconds to engage after a long trip but hasn’t got any worse since I’ve owned it.I wouldn’t have a problem driving it anywhere farthest I’ve gone was key west about 3000k round trip.
Volvo truck drives straight with no issues or noises,It’s had recent brakes and tires.The wheels are actually super rare gotti’s and it’s the only set I’ve ever seen with the Volvo bolt pattern there’s no adapters like most.The back is completely water tight.The bed floor does lift up and has some storage.The back window is the original window just moved foward.The tailgate is fully functional and with it down it holds a dirt bike or four wheeler no problem and it’s low and easy to load with no ramps.
Volvo truck is one of a kind and if you love old volvos it doesn’t get much cooler if you ask me.
The body has some rust mostly on rear wheel arches nothing structural.
The interior is all black cloth and I keep it as clean as possible it looks almost new.dash is cracked.The back seat isn’t used for people but I guess it could be I’m sure a child seat would still work back there if needed. All in all it’s an awesome old volvo and I hope it finds a great new owner.
Best thing is to ask any questions you might have I’ll be glad to answer them. You can txt me for quickest response 8052867174
Thanks for checking out my listing 🙂

Volvo 940 Batmobile

Admit it, you’ve all looked at delightfully boxy, 80s and 90s Volvos and wondered what they would look like as Batmobiles.  Well, someone decided to find out.

There’s a lot of DIY handiwork here and the photos mostly speak for themselves.  Here’s a quote we love:

“a few spots where hot glue was used , etc. I kinda like the way some things were done in a non slick non pro way . Gives it charm . Is folksy & creative . Makes it kinda like an Art car.”

Underneath it all is a 351K mile used car that supposedly has had a lot of recent maintenance and a lot of typical older car faults.  These B230 four cylinders run a long, long time; but a 351K used car may be a tough sell.  Screw that – act now because the Batman doll shown in the image is included in the sale!

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Ocean Grover, NJ, USA
$899 with ZERO bids, $1,249 BIN and 4.5 days to go

Pinstripes and decal are nice and all, but how about those fins?

Batman-shaped headlights may or may not be legal in your county or parish.  Non-functional hood scoop is a nice touch and, yes, there’s a backwards scoop on the roof (also non-functional).

Ridiculously odd from every angle!

Let’s get to the rear and those fins.

Contrasting blue and yellow bumper sticker clears things up, in case there was some doubt.

This closeup reveal the homemade nature of the fins.

Yes, they contain LEDs, apparently, wired to the brake lamps and turn signals.

Moving to the interior we see not everything was left alone, but most of the “work” is just color-related.

Pep Boys (or J.C. Whitney?) seat covers match the theme, rather than the rest of the interior, and Batman logos on the head restraints complete the look.

The seller sprung for the full front+rear cheapo seat cover kit AND here’s a pic of that Batman doll.

Here’s the B230.  This is a naturally aspirated, single overhead cam four cylinder; so don’t get too excited.

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 Custom Volvo model 940 modified to look like the Batmobile . This is the coolest car you will ever own ! One of a kind . Totally awesome . A real head turner . Rear wings . Bat shaped headlights project bat shapes . Red leds on wings for turn & brake lights . 2x Spoiler scoops(fake) . Pinstriping galore . Red & Black interior . Automatic . 4x door . Sedan . 351750 miles . 22mpg local . 28 mpg highway .

In great condition . Owned by a Volvo fanatic . Very very well maintained . Runs & drives great . Do not let high mileage scare you . It is actually impressive & indicates how well maintained this car is . These older Volvos are known to last forever . No rust . No accidents .

Tuned to perfection . Oil & filter changed every 2500 miles . O2(oxygen sensor) replaced . Battery , ignition coil , ignition wires , spark plugs replaced . Tie rod ends , ball joints , front bushings replaced . Fuel pump , fuel filter, fuel relay replaced . Exhaust fittings & clamps replaced . All 4x brakes replaced . Radiator , water pump , thermostat replaced . Engine timing belt & engine seals replaced . Probably forgot some stuff but you get the idea – super well maintained car . Above stuff might be needed in any used car you buy and could cost thousands to do .

Ok so now the cons( cosmetic & creature comfort ) :
Paint exterior not in great condition . Fair . Looks good from distance . Mixed paints. Oxidation . Could use buffing / refinishing / maybe repainting . See fotos .
No heat . Heater core was leaking so was bypassed . Will come with electric heater that plugs into cigarette lighter .
AC works but takes a few minutes to kick on/get cold . Sometimes makes minor noise when on . Uses readily available R134 freon .
No GPS , Radio , or CD player .
No steering wheel airbag .
Usual old car stuff : missing door map pockets , seat covers worn , driver window makes noise when all the way down(but works fine) , a few spots where hot glue was used , etc. I kinda like the way some things were done in a non slick non pro way . Gives it charm . Is folksy & creative . Makes it kinda like an Art car . 

I am in Central NJ . Manchester .  Zip 07859 . You are welcome to come and examine & test drive this car . In fact I wish you would . I encourage & prefer that you do so . I myself would not buy a car without seeing it in person & test driving it .

TERMS : Being sold as is . No returns or refunds . A non refundable deposit of $250(via paypal) is due within 24 hours of auctions ending . Balance upon pick up to be cash only . Must pick up this car within 10x days of auctions ending .

P.S. – Yes Batman doll in rear seat is included .

Someone Actually Modified a Saab Sonett III!

Saab Sonetts are fairly rare to begin with, and we love the V4 engine in this one.  Rarely, though, do we see one with this level of cosmetic modification.  In profile view, it really looks good.  You’ll need to judge other angles yourself.

From some angles, this looks like an 80s or 90s custom; but the seller specifies that the rear bumper is from a 2001 to 2004 Mustang.  So, someone modded this within the last fifteen years.  We applaud the fact that someone made that decision, even if we see no need to modify the already cool and delightfully odd Sonett and even if we would have done a few things differently.

It seems that this is a stock, V4 Sonnet underneath the cosmetic mods.  We don’t know what parts are available for a V4, but would love to see what could be done to wake this up mechanically to match the looks.  As the engine used in a lot of UK-built Fords, there must be some support.

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Port Richey, FL
$3,550 with 2 bids and 5 days to go

From this angle, we love this car!  It looks thoroughly modern, despite its age.

This is a pretty good angle, too, although the painted “bumperettes” are a bit much.

The front is really too modern for the car, but would probably at least look okay without the stripe.  We’d consider toning down the lights, too.

This custom design falls apart in the rear, where it just seems overdone.  Also, with such an attention grabbing style, the exhaust tip alignment really should be maintained.

Yes, the hatch offers a bit of cargo space.  Remember 6×9 speaker boxes?  We love them because they tend to mean interior panels were saved.

This makes us want Sonett seats for our cars – lateral support is evident, the structure looks light and the lumbar support is awesome!

Dash is functional and wheel is sporty enough.  We like it!

Here’s the Ford V4…a peculiar and interesting engine, if there ever was one.

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1973 SAAB SONETT III CUSTOM

1973 Saab Sonett III Custom, 4-Speed Manual Transmission, 1700cc V-4 Engine. Odometer Reads 29,956 Miles, but Speedometer needle is brokenoff and odometer does not work.  The custom body work around the entire car is extremely well done.  The Interior is in amazing condition, every part of this car functions and works just as it should.  This is a one of a kind head turner that is extremely fun to drive.  If you have any questions please call 727-xxx-xxxx.  The car is available to show anytime.

This is a very short list of some of the modifications.

SILVER PAINT WITH VERY DARK PURPLE STRIPES
FRONT END BUMPER DELETED
CUSTOM GRILLE OPENING AND MARKER LIGHTS
HOOD HAS EXTRA LOUVERS BEHIND THE FLIP UP HEADLIGHTS.
MOLDED IN VENTS INDOORS
WHEEL WELL OPENINGS FLAIRED
QUARTER PANELS BUMPED OUT
CUSTOM ROCKER COVERS
REAR SPOILER ADDED ON
REAR BUMPER IS A CHOPPED DOWN 2001-2004 FORD MUSTANG
Vehicle Information

Make: SAAB
Model: SONETT III
Trim: 
Exterior Color: SILVER
Engine: 1700
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Drive: FWD
Miles:  29,956
VIN: 97735001275

The ipd Volvo 142E is For Sale!

If you have any interest in older Volvos, you know ipd.  They supply the most popular upgrades for most Volvo models, from body parts to cams to sway bars to exhausts.  This is what ipd calls their first widely publicized project car and has inspired many fellow Brick enthusiasts.  After all, the 140 series is the original Brick!


The seller provides a list of mods, but not a lot of detail.  The only major oversight in this ad is that there are absolutely no underhood shots; so it’s hard to tell what was done there.  The good news is that the seller has a notebook full of info from ipd; so we’d hope the build was well documented there.

A 1974 142 is “the one that got away” for me, as I had to sell it to move and it was unfinished.  Some day, I’ll have to get another and finish it out.  Now’s not the time, but this one is sure tempting.

Price is already on the high end for a 142, but this car is something of a legend.  Hopefully. current condition is good and it doesn’t need too much.  The seller says it has been started regularly; so that’s good news.  The 142E is arguably the 140 to have, as it had the highest stock output and the D-Jet fuel injection system means one can easily convert to stand-alone EFI.

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El Cajon, CA
$5,600 with 12 bids, reserve not met and six days to go

Classic brick lines!  This was a lux model (GL?), as it has a sunroof and leather.

Rear bumper is present, but painted.  Not the ipd exhaust and cool license plate.

Here’s that menacing, low-angle front shot.

Original (or at least original-style) leather seats appear to be in good shape.

It’s surprising to see the stock, sweep-style speedo here, as most modified 140s have the GT ‘rally’ gauge pack.  That could still be swapped in, as a tach would be a welcomed addition here.

Back seat is in great shape and looks comfy.

Aux gauges don’t include a tach.

The seller has a lot of documentation, including interesting articles!

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This is THE famous IPD 142E

In 1972, IPD began developing parts for the 140 series.  This car was selected as the one that would showcase IPD’s parts.  As a result, it was loaded up with all the best IPD parts.  Here is a partial list….

Alloy wheels
Suspension – springs, swaybars, shocks, etc
Exhaust
Moon roof
Gauges
Motor build
Fuel mix controller
Fog lights/grill
Air dam
Headliner
Mirrors

The magazine Road & Track featured this car in the June 1974 edition highlighting Volvos, and a copy of that article is included with the car.  Also included is a lengthy set of records from IPD for its work on the car, and many other service records dating back to 1972.

The car was owned by IPD and Richard Gordon until it was sold to the current owner in 1999.
http://www.ipdusa.com/blogs/13/1971-volvo-142e

It has been stored since that time, with proper driving on occasion to maintain it in good working order.

<a href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/112910929744942085257/IPD142?authuser=0&feat=directlink”>Be sure to review the 60 photos located here</a>

<a href=”https://youtu.be/dBFTNQhnvGQ”>A video of the car is available here</a>

Feel free to call any time with questions.  I operate a Volvo restoration shop, providing body restoration and parts for classic Volvos.
Josh Cantor
(858) xxx-xxxx

Turbo, Manual, Orphaned Brand Wagon: Saab 9-3 Sportcombi

Maybe you’ve never seen one, but Saab did indeed offer a wagon er- SportCombi variant of the last generation 9-3.

This example has a manual transmission mated to its tw-liter, turbocharged I4.  This is a Saab, so the front wheels are driven – perhaps the only strike against this car.  A turbo V6 was also available, but this should be no slouch, what with 221 lb-ft of torque available at 2,500 RPM.

If you need a fun family hauler, this could be it!  Just make sure you know a “Saab guy” mechanic, as dealer support isn’t likely at this point…

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La Puenta, CA, USA
$5,900

The wagon makes the so-so, last-generation 9-3 interesting.

The rear is reminiscent of some Opel models, but is a perfectly good wagon style.

Profile is pure shaggin’ wagon.

The interior has the Saab features you expect – a bit of a cockpit angle and an ignition key in the console.  Of course, the shifter is a welcome sight.

A boost gauge!  What ever happened to those?

This wagon offers as much cargo space as just about any small or mid-sized crossover.

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2006 Saab 9-3, 95,000 miles
Price: $5,900
Year: 2006
Make: Saab
Model: 9-3
Trim: 2.0T SportCombi 4dr Wagon
Miles: 95,000 miles
VIN: YS3FD55Y361110210
Stock #: 
Engine: I4 2.0L I4 Turbocharger
Color: black
MPG: 20 city / 28 hwy

Address: 15714 E. Amar Rd, La Puente, CA 91744

View our website: www.speedwaymotors.us

Vehicle Options: Option List:Abs – 4-Wheel, Air Filtration, Antenna Type, Anti-Theft System – Alarm, Anti-Theft System – Audio Security System, Anti-Theft System – Engine Immobilizer, Auxiliary Jacks – Audio/Video Input, Beverage Cooler, Braking Assist, Cargo Area Light, Center Console – Front Console With Storage, Center Console Trim – Simulated Wood, Child Safety Locks, Child Seat Anchors, Clock, Cruise Control, Cupholders, Daytime Running Lights, Door Trim – Simulated Wood, Driver Seat – Height Adjustable, Driver Seat Power Adjustments, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Interior Trunk Release, Exterior Entry Lights, Exterior Mirrors – Heated, Exterior Mirrors – Power, External Temperature Display, Floor Mat Material – Carpet, Floor Mats – Front, Floor Mats – Front And Rear, Front Air Conditioning – Automatic Climate Control, Front Air Conditioning Zones – Dual, Front Airbags – Dual, Front Brakes – Ventilated Disc, Front Headrests – Adjustable, Front Headrests – Driver Seat Active Head Restraint, Front Headrests – Passenger Seat Active Head Restraint, Front Seat Type – Bucket, Front Struts – Macpherson, Front Suspension Classification – Independent, Front Wipers – Intermittent, Grille Color – Chrome, Head Airbags – Front And Rear, Headlights – Auto Delay Off, In-Dash Cd – Single Disc, Multi-Function Remote, Multi-Function Remote – Trunk Release, Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments, Power Door Locks – Remote, Power Outlet(S) – Front, Power Steering, Power Windows, Radio – Am/Fm, Reading Lights, Rear Brakes – Disc, Rear Center Seatbelt – 3-Point, Rear Fog Lights, Rear Headrests – Adjustable, Rear Heat Vents, Rear Seat – Split Folding, Rear Seat Center Armrest – Pass-Thru, Rear Seat Type – Bench, Rear Suspension Classification – Independent, Rear Suspension Type – Multi-Link, Retained Accessory Power, Rolling Code Security, Seatbelt Force Limiters, Seatbelt Pretensioners, Shift Knob Trim – Leather, Side Airbags – Front, Spare Tire Mount Location – Inside, Stability Control, Stabilizer Bar – Front And Rear, Steering Wheel – Tilt And Telescopic, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls – Audio, Steering Wheel Trim – Leather, Storage – Cargo Tie-Down Anchors And Hooks, Storage – Door Pockets, Storage – Seatback, Tachometer, Tire Prefix – P, Tire Speed Rating – H, Tire Type – All Season, Traction Control, Trip Computer, Upholstery – Leather, Warnings And Reminders – Low Fuel Level, Wheel Diameter – 16 Inch, Window Defogger – Rear

Vehicle Description:1 owner**sport combi package**5speed manual rare find!!**original window sticker**runs great**non smoker**leather**roof rack **drives and rides smooth**super clean**don’t miss**first to see will be the first to buy**call speedway motors for more information**626-xxx-xxxx

Minty Brick

We here at Oddimotive have a soft spot for the Volvo 142 – the original Brick – as your humble host once had one and will, someday, have one again.  This example is highly desireable, as it is the 142E from 1972.  That means ‘tunable’ Bosch D-Jet electronic fuel injection, the more modern shifter location and the highest factory output ever in a US-spec 142.  With this example, both the color and condition are mint!

We can’t say it enough – this is the 142 to have!  The only thing that could make it better would be the optional overdrive trans.  We would like to see some underhood shots, but hope any potential buyer will have a chance to check it out.  If all the claimed work has been done and there is no rust, this is a steal at anything under $5K.

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Portland, OR, USA
$2,500 with thirteen bids, no reserve and two days to go

This is classic Brick styling – quite elegant all these years later!

Mudflaps are de rigueur on Bricks.  Exhaust doesn’t quite look stock, but it’s hard to tell – seems like it should be more curvy.

The interior shots in this ad aren’t the best, but this one seems to reveal an uncracked dash and a steering wheel in good shape.

Seats look original and in good shape, too, with perhaps the very beginning of a tear on the driver’s seat.

Rear seat appears to be in great shape.

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GORGEOUS 1972 VOLVO 142 E COUPE 
RUST FREE RUNS PERFECT
NO RESERVE!

YOU ARE LOOKING AT A GORGEOUS RUST FREE 1972 VOLVO 142E COUPE THATS IN EXCELLENT SHAPE INSIDE AND OUT! IT RUNS AND DRIVES PERFECT HAS NO LEAKS AND EVERYTHING IS IN WORKING ORDER! ITS READY TO GO TURN KEY READY AND READY TO BE YOUR FUN DAILY DRIVER! 

MECHANICAL CONDITION: THIS VEHICLE HAS REALLY BEEN GONE THROUGH AND HAS HAD ALMOST EVERYTHING REPLACED, ITS GOT A NEW CLUTCH AND SHIFTS PERFECT AND SMOOTH IN ALL GEARS AS IT SHOULD, NEW FUEL INJECTORS, NEW HEAD GASKET, NEW BRAKES ALL THE WAY AROUND WHICH INCLUDED DRUMS, ROTORS AND CALIPERS, NEW WHEEL BEARINGS, FULL TUNE UP, NEWER BATTERY, NEWER ALTENATOR, NEWER EXHAUST AND NEW CHROME EXHAUST PIPE, AND NEW TIRES! ITS READY TO GO AND DOES NOT NEED A THING! HAS NO LEAKS! ALL ELECTRIC IS GOOD, ALL LIGHTS SIGNALS AND DASH LIGHTS WORK! 

COSMETIC CONDITION:  THE BODY AND PAINT ARE PERFECT! NO DENTS NO DINGS AND IS COMPLETELY RUST FREE! THE INTERIOR IS IN REALLY NICE CONDITION AND REALLY CLEAN WITH SOME VERY MINOR WEAR ON DRIVERS SEAT, HEAD LINER AND VISORS ARE PERFECT WITH NO RIPS OR STAINING, CARPETS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE WITH NO RIPS!, DASH IS ALSO IN EXCELLENT SHAPE! ALL BELTS BUCKLE AND WORK!

AUCTION AND PAYMENTS: BY BIDDING ON THIS LOVELY VEHICLE YOU ARE COMMITTING TO PURCHASE VEHICLE FOR FINAL BID PRICE! SERIOUS BUYERS AND BIDDERS ONLY PLEASE! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME FRAME BEFORE AUCTION ENDS! IF YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH PURCHASING AND CANNOT AFFORD TO SHIP VEHICLE PLEASE CONTACT ME AND I’LL BE ABLE TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO END THE AUCTION EARLY AND “BUY IT NOW” CONTACT ME AND WE CAN DISCUSS PRICE AND DETAILS! CALL 310-xxx-xxxx IF I DON’T ANSWER LEAVE ME A MESSAGE THROUGH EBAY WITH A PHONE NUMBER AND I’LL CALL YOU BACK IMMEDIATELY!  DEPOSIT AND FULL PAYMENT WILL BE REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY FULL PAYMENT OF BALANCE MUST BE PAID BEFORE VEHICLE IS PICKED UP!THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AND HAPPY BIDDING!

Low-Mile Saab 99 in the Desert

The Saab 93 and 96 may be what enthusiasts think of when remembering the original Quirky Saabs, but the 1968 Saab 99, the company’s first “executive car” started a styling trend that would last decades.

Fear not, as this car still has quirks!  The ignition is, of course, on the center console.  This car also has a freewheel, allowing the engine to spin faster than the transmission.  This was originally done for the two-stroke Saabs, for which engine braking was bad due to lubrication using an oil/gas mixture.  Here, it was not required and only lasted a couple model years before phaseout.

The seller claims only about 87K miles on this car, and the condition seems to support that.  The driver’s seat needs attention, but I don’t see the need for much else.  If it checks out, this could be a fun, quirky driver for the right kind of enthusiast.

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Lancaster, CA
$6,000

The seller chose angles and distance for the photos poorly, but you can still see the classic Saab lines.  This car brought about Saab styling that would be around for at least a couple decades.

Front is probably the least quirky view.

Rear is very Saab.  Bumper overriders and mud flaps fit perfectly here.

Hood opening was forward on these cars, but without the cool forward slide of later Saabs.

Interior is all business – simple gauge layout and everything within easy reach on the thin dash.

Head restraints show typical Swedish safety leadership.  Seat could use a recover.

Passenger seat is in good shape and this is our first look at the shifter.

Most importantly, here is the center console ignition!  Can someone identify all of the other levers?  Choke I understand, but I’m not sure what else is going on.

Here is the Triumph-sourced, 1.75L I4.  This is awfully conventional for a Saab at the time.

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1970 SAAB 99 IN SAVANNA-BEIGE WITH BLUE VINYL INTERIOR. THIS CAR IS ALL ORIGINAL EXCEPT IT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN RE-PAINTED IN THE ORIGINAL COLOR. THE CAR DRIVES EXCELLENT AND PURRS LIKE A KITTEN. THERE IS NO SMOKE OR EVIDENCE OF OIL CONSUMPTION. THE CAR WILL DRIP A DROP OF OIL 3 OR 4 TIMES A MONTH. THE MANUAL TRANSMISSION SHIFTS WELL, ALTHOUGH ITS A LITTLE NOTCHY BETWEEN 2ND AND 3RD. EVERYTHING WORKS ON THIS CAR INCLUDING THE “FREE WHEEL DRIVE CONTROL”, THIS FEATURE WAS ONLY OFFERED IN 1969 AND 1970 MODELS. THE PAINT IS FLAKING OFF IN A FEW AREAS(SEE PHOTO). THERE ARE A FEW DINGS ON THE CAR, BUT IT IS RUST FREE AND VERY SOLID. THE CLOCK AND RADIO AS WELL AS THE DOME LIGHT DON’T SEEM TO WORK, BUT I HAVEN’T CHECKED TO SEE IF ITS A FUSE OR LOOSE WIRE OR BULB. YOU WILL BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND A BETTER RUNNING, MORE ORIGINAL 1970 SAAB 99 WITH THIS LOW MILEAGE. CAR SPENT MOST OF IT’S LIFE IN SAN JOSE. IT MOVED TO SALT LAKE CITY AROUND 2007. IT MOVED TO NEVADA IN 2013 AND BACK TO CALIFORNIA THIS YEAR. THE INTERIOR IS IN ALL ORIGINAL GREAT SHAPE, THE DRIVERS SEAT IS RIPPED AND THE DASH HAS A CRACK AND PATCH.(SEE PHOTOS)

CAR HAS BEEN WELL MAINTAINED, I HAVE SERVICE RECORDS BACK TO 2007 AND THEY SHOW CONSISTENT SERVICE. CAR WAS USED AS A DAILY DRIVER IN 2013 AND WAS VERY RELIABLE. HEADLIGHTS WERE UPGRADED TO TYPE H4 AND REALLY LIGHT UP THE ROAD.

THESE CARS WERE AHEAD OF THIER TIME. COMES WITH A SET OF NON-BRUSH GUARD BUMPERS AND DASH MAT AND REPAIR MANUAL.

The Original Brick in Wagon Form

Here we have a rarely-seen-in-this-condition Volvo 140 series.  Even better, it’s the 145, which means a five-door wagon!  Even better, it’s a four-speed wagon.

The Volvo 240 gets a lot of attention and is the most commonly referenced Brick, but it all started with the 140.  As many know, a 142 is a two-door coupe/sedan, a 144 is a four-door and a 145 is, like our subject car, a five-door wagon.

We don’t usually post the rear of a car first, but the front 3/4 image is of such low quality that we can’t lead with it.  Regardless, this appears to be a fully restored 145.  Images are limited,but show basically new condition paint, interior and engine compartment finishes.  The Virgo wheels are nice touch and also appears to be in great shape.  Personally, I’d like to know more about what was done when and by whom and I’d like to see some restoration process photos.  Regardless, it certainly looks good in the photos.

Without a price, we can’t comment on the value story, but 140s generally don’t go over $10K in any condition. So, if this car is as good as it looks, it will likely be a lot of car for the money.  We can only hope the seller isn’t trying too hard to recoup the investment, as a 140 is not generally a profitable ‘flip’ car due to relatively low market prices.  It’s those prices, though, that make these great entry-level hobby cars.

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San Diego, CA
No Price Listed

Yep, this series started the Volvo boxy styling that would last for decade.  As a matter of fact, the 240 kept a lot of sheetmetal from this car and was sold until 1993.

This has the early 140 front end – correct for 1970.

This angle doesn’t reveal everything, but what we see is in great shape. If that’s a crack in the dash, it can be concealed with a $100 Coverlay.
The rear doors do open!

Things look remarkably clean under the hood, with many more polished items than would have been original.

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really clean inside and out 1970 Volvo wagon New parts,motor,tranny,clutch,rear end,mounts,suspension,exhaust,intake with Weber and custom header,roots and brakes,a must see and drive 

Tasty Turbo Brick

This 1982 Volvo 242 GLT is one cool brick – GLT means Grande Luxe Touring and this was Volvo’s luxury/sport offering.  Some of these had the not-so-exciting PRV V6, but this one is equipped with a turbo four and manual trans.

The seller points out that the turbo likely needs a rebuild and there may be a transmission issue, but, at $1,500 or less, these can be addressed.  As a matter of fact, it would be tempting to up-size the turbo a bit and go with Megasquirt or other stand-alone EFI; but I believe these have Bosch K-Jet continuous fuel injection, which means such upgrades can take more work.  If the mileage is really only 140K, this Volvo engine is hardly broken in.

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Long Beach, CA
$1,500

I’d never choose gold on a car, but this one is borderline tan and fits well with the idea of early 80s luxury/sport.  We’ll call it Stealth Gold.  Virgo wheels always look great on Bricks, though I think I see a flat tire.

Most of the front end says luxury, but the turbo badge hints at performance.

Rear turbo badge is a bit larger.  Finger not included?  Is the owner flipping off his or her car?

Interior looks pretty good overall.  Because these were built for damn near twenty years (more if you consider some 140 series parts carried over), parts cars aren’t too hard to find when reproduction or NOS parts can’t be found.

Someone might have lived in this car, but I’m not sure whether that’s good or bad.

Frankly, it’s a bit hard to tell what’s going on under here, but it seems it’s all there.

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!982 Volvo 242 GLT, This is a rare car and something you never see on the streets. Registration is paid until 2015, the body is mostly straight with just a small dent on the right front fender and some peeling paint. The car has passed smog with flying colors and has a brand new cat. The engine has a turbo and an intercooler plus a manual transmission which makes it a hell of a lot of fun to drive. only 140 k on the motor, odometer stopped working at 120k but the last registration paper had it listed at 140. The interior is good with all of the gizmos working like power windows and locks.

Well on to the bad stuff now. The main problem is the turbo, it needs a rebuild pretty bad and I don’t have time to take care of it myself. So because of that the engine runs but with slowly get worse over time, like 3 days before you have to clean out the intake system of the junk the turbo is spitting into it. Ill have it cleaned out when you take it so it’ll run good. Other than that the stick is a little weird probably needs some work on it, but it does shift into all gears. Last thing the tires are pretty old in the pictures the cars has a flat in the driveway I’ll be replacing that tire but unfortunately your on your own for the rest.

So yeah she has problems but besides those it runs great and is tons of fun to drive I enjoyed it just don’t have time to fix her up anymore. So this is why I’m selling so cheap $1500 obo I wont go into the dirt on an offer so please don’t be an asshole, Thanks.

Swedish Beachmobile?

The seller offers little detail, but claims this is a running PV544 with a clean title.  If you want 40s Ford styling with Swedish reliability, this is the car for you!

In other good news, the seller does specify this has a four-speed manual.  The images certainly show a complete car, but we can’t do any detailed assessment of the value with this much information.  Still, the starting price is modest and one would image it could be had for a bit less.

Would you keep this stock or modify it?  Name it and it’s been done to a 444/544; so there’s plenty of information out there.  Personally, I’d keep stock appearance and do some suspension, brake and engine upgrades over time.

If you know Huntington Beach at all, you can guess almost exactly where this car is located, as there are only a couple of these oilfield yards left.

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Huntington Beach, CA
$5,000

Yes, that car right there!

You’ll might need more than one friend if you want to pull this hood off.

Interesting angle…

We can’t see much, but the interior looks largely complete.  This long shifter would live on in Volvos until about 1972.  Accessory gauges at least imply that someone cared what the engine was doing.  It loos like someone may have welded in a panel on the right, but is that a cutout for a single-DIN head unit near the center?  Strange choice in this car, but maybe someone actually had it as a daily driver.

Hopefully, the seller has the air cleaner or one can be sourced easily.  Many buyers would want to slap the ubiquitous-on-old-Volvos Weber two-barrel on this, but it’d sure be cool with two SUs.  Eventually, I’d consider a nicely built B20, but, in fact, I don’t know what’s already in this car…

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classic running, clean tiltle, 4 speed stick. almost no rust. asking for 5,000 obo