Before all of Earthly yuppiedom embraced the Volvo station wagon as its un-minivan of choice, there was the humble 140 Series of the 1960s and ’70s. The unassuming, reliable 140 was an appropriate fit for college types and liberal professionals, but the cars were not celebrated, cherished, or preserved. Over the past 40 years, most early examples simply ended up wrecked, rusted out, or driven into the ground.
This charming 142 S has just 140k miles (lowish for a Volvo), and appears unusually well preserved. Blue plates and California smog sticker confirm a life spent on salt-free roads. The engine, transmission, and driveshaft have been rebuilt, and the car has a new clutch, lower ball joints, A-arm bushings, and suspension bushings. The seller reports that the fan, heater, fuel and temperature gauges, and all external lights work. He describes the paint as “okay” and says all external trim is “excellent.” The rims are from a 1980s 240 turbo but don’t look terribly out of place. The interior appears very well cared for, with an uncracked dash, and the front seats redone in black leather nicely match the rear seats, which are in good condition.
The seller states, “If something needed to be replaced, I had it replaced,” and says he is only selling the car at the insistence of his wife. All the details suggest that it’s a well-sorted driver with lots of life left in it. With continued regular maintenance, it should easily last another 140k miles.