The Truth About Cars » 1971 Volvo 140 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:01:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » 1971 Volvo 140 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1971 Volvo 144 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/junkyard-find-1971-volvo-144/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/junkyard-find-1971-volvo-144/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=528657 20 - 1971 Volvo 144 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Volvo 140 is the often overlooked parent of the extremely successful Volvo 240, with everything behind the rear doors pretty much the same between the two cars. I owned a very tired 144 for a brief period and I’ve always liked these things, so I photograph them when I spot them in wrecking yards. So far in this series, we’ve seen this ’68 142, this ’69 145, and this ’71 142. Today we’ve got a very clean-looking ’71 four-door, which I spotted in a Denver self-service yard last week.
06 - 1971 Volvo 144 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThere’s a bit of rust damage here and there, but nothing fatal.
08 - 1971 Volvo 144 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe interior is pretty nice, too.
18 - 1971 Volvo 144 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThis car looks like it has plenty of good miles left, but it’s 42 years old and not really worth fixing up. Next stop, The Crusher!
01 - 1971 Volvo 144 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe good old reliable pushrod B20 engine, complete with SU carbs.
19 - 1971 Volvo 144 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe “thermometer” speedometer, complete with driver-settable top-speed-warning indicator, is one of my favorite bits of 1960s car design.
22 - 1971 Volvo 144 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinMy cousin Sam wanted the SUs for his much-modified Harley Shovelhead project, so they’re on their way to Minnesota.
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Junkyard Find: 1971 Volvo 142 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/junkyard-find-1971-volvo-142/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/junkyard-find-1971-volvo-142/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480104 A Volvo 140 doesn’t always jump right out at you, thanks to its similarity to its still-with-us-in-huge-numbers descendant, the Volvo 240 (especially when viewed from the rear), so I probably overlook a few of these in junkyards. The 140 isn’t an uncommon sight in Denver, and I’ve found this ’68 142 and this ’69 145 just in the last year. I’ve always liked these cars (though I’ve only owned one example, and it was quite troublesome), so it makes me a little sad to see another one about to get crushed.
SU carbs just aren’t worth pulling these days, looks like.
The rust wasn’t so bad by Midwestern standards (i.e., the car still exists), but it probably rendered this car not worth restoring.
The “thermometer” speedo in the 140 was a nice piece of design.
Adjustable lumbar support way back in 1969!

“Nine out of every ten Volvos registered in the last 11 years are still on the road.”

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