I’ve been attracted to Volvos lately. I just did a few posts on the P1800/1800E and now I’m back at it. I have no idea why. But really one reason is because the 1960’s were a very good time to be a Volvo. Why? Because that was before the “They are boxy but they are safe” era. They actually has some nice lines back then. Not that I have anything against the box on box style of the 240’s. They have a kind of utilitarian charm, much like an urban loft which I enjoy to a certain extent.
But this. THIS is a design. I like to think of this blue over black 142s as the Swedes answer to the BMW 2002 which was a contemporary to this little coupe. I actually think I might like this little meatball a bit more in terms of design than its teutonic cousin…well from some angles.
Get a load of the length that gearshift lever for the 4-speed manual: your hand goes into gear 3 seconds before the car does. Not to be out-safetied, this example has a fire extinguisher handily at the driver’s right ankle…just in case. But that B18 (1.8 liter straight 4) engine should just keep on ticking, even though the owner’s not advertising how many miles are on it.
These engines were known for their durability if not for their tire-smoking ability, the horsepower was known to be 75 on the A variant and about 100 on the B variant when new. So you may be counting off the seconds to 60 mph on both hands and some toes. A small price to pay.
Lowered on Classic Swede springs, this clean-titled jaunty little number should get you where you are going in uncommon style for the asking price of $5300.
Contact the owner of this Volvo HERE on Craigslist.