Junkyard Find: 1969 Volvo 145 Wagon

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1969 volvo 145 wagon

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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  • -Nate -Nate on Sep 16, 2012

    That's sad ~ this car is obviously in VGC and mechanical repairs are cheap and dead simple for any real Mechanic (Daler 'Mechanics" are mostly parts changer kiddies) . This series didn't have the BOSCH D-Jetronic fuel injection , it had the world's _only_ true variable venturi carbys : S.U. , maybe HS-4's . I had a 1970 144S sedan , bought it at the police auction for $130 after the lady owner went to jail for DUI , tuned it sharply and ran it hard with zero problems apart from the worn out engine's constant oil burning . They were farily slow , especially up hill but once rolling , or blasting down canyons or twisty mountain roads , it cornered like is was on rails ~ I surprised many ' Sports Cars ' going down hill . Sadly , few Mechanics seem to grasp how to properly tune or repair these simple , durable rigs as they were in fact , bulletproof . -Nate

  • Pl Pl on Nov 23, 2012

    Anyone know where this junkyard is located? I have a 1970 145 and would like that roof rack, as well as the rear tailgate. Anyway, I looked for ages for a mechanic in SoCal that would be willing to work on my engine (head was cracked). Finally, found someone to weld on the head, and replace the Stromberg carbs. Runs like a champ now. The 1970 would have been the last year to have those door handles and the front grille without the trademark Volvo slash. Seems like a shame that something like this would be just sitting around waiting for time to take its toll.

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