The Truth About Cars » 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. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:30:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 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 » Volvo 140 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1971 Volvo 144 S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1971-volvo-144-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1971-volvo-144-s/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=693177 While Volvo 240s continue to be crushed in alarming quantities, I also see quite a few Volvo 140s during my wrecking-yard trips. Prior to today, we’d seen this ’68 142, this ’69 145, this ’71 144 and this ’71 142, and now another non-rusty, solid-looking 140 is going to be eaten by The Crusher. Years […]

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23 -1971 Volvo 144 Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinWhile Volvo 240s continue to be crushed in alarming quantities, I also see quite a few Volvo 140s during my wrecking-yard trips. Prior to today, we’d seen this ’68 142, this ’69 145, this ’71 144 and this ’71 142, and now another non-rusty, solid-looking 140 is going to be eaten by The Crusher.
09 -1971 Volvo 144 Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinYears before American and Japanese car companies went to six-digit odometers, Volvo had enough optimism to go past 99,999 miles on theirs. This car averaged just over 3,000 miles per year during its life.
11 -1971 Volvo 144 Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinThe 140 was very advanced for its day, with four-wheel disc brakes as standard equipment.
14 -1971 Volvo 144 Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinSome might say that a pushrod engine with SU carburetors wasn’t so advanced, but the B18 got the job done.
03 -1971 Volvo 144 Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinThe combination of a rear defroster and a manual choke is one you don’t see every day.
01 -1971 Volvo 144 Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinSometimes I miss my hooptie 144, but not quite enough to try to rescue a car like today’s Junkyard Find. Still, a 142 with 16-valve B230 engine might be fun.

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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 The 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. […]

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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 […]

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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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Junkyard Find: 1968 Volvo 142 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1968-volvo-142/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1968-volvo-142/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452134 After seeing this 1969 Volvo 145 wagon a couple of weeks back, I figured I wouldn’t be seeing any more 140s for quite a while. Not so! It’s a not-completely-rusty 44-year-old Swede with four-on-the-floor and a clean-looking engine. You’d think that 140 coupes would be worth something, but this one couldn’t find anyone to save […]

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After seeing this 1969 Volvo 145 wagon a couple of weeks back, I figured I wouldn’t be seeing any more 140s for quite a while. Not so!
It’s a not-completely-rusty 44-year-old Swede with four-on-the-floor and a clean-looking engine. You’d think that 140 coupes would be worth something, but this one couldn’t find anyone to save it from The Crusher.
Once again, the “thermometer” speedo reminds me of my ’68 Volvo 144.
Those SU carbs look to be in good shape. In fact, the entire B18 engine looks good.
Perhaps it will yield some of its parts for surviving 140s before being shredded and shipped to a Chinese steel plant.

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Junkyard Find: 1969 Volvo 145 Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/junkyard-find-1969-volvo-145-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/junkyard-find-1969-volvo-145-wagon/#comments Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450449 I see more Volvo Amazons in junkyards (and on the street) than I do 140s, probably because the Amazon was built for 15 years versus the 140’s eight. Both cars got the pushrod version of Volvo’s sturdy— in fact, tractor-grade sturdy— B engine and were unusually safe for their times. Both were typically bought by […]

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I see more Volvo Amazons in junkyards (and on the street) than I do 140s, probably because the Amazon was built for 15 years versus the 140’s eight. Both cars got the pushrod version of Volvo’s sturdy— in fact, tractor-grade sturdy— B engine and were unusually safe for their times. Both were typically bought by owners who planned on keeping the cars for many decades. Still, there comes a day when a 43-year-old station wagon just isn’t worth maintaining. Here’s a ’69 wagon I found at a junkyard near my house.
The Volvo 240 evolved out of the 140 and was pretty much the same car from about the windshield rearward. You can really see the resemblance between the 245 and 145 wagons from this view.
This proud engine identification lettering looks serious.
I always think of my free ’68 Volvo 144 when I see the “thermometer” speedo on one of these things.

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