There’s something about this Volvo 142 that keeps drawing me back to it (I’ve looked at the ad four separate times now just this morning). Perhaps it’s the solidity of Volvo construction versus my usual British tin? Maybe it’s the period ATS wheels (at least that’s what I think they are) and the great color and stripe? Or the spectacular seats? Whatever the reason, I keep returning to the ad here on eBay and wondering how far I am from Richmond, Texas (1,194 miles). The opening bid is $2,600 and there’s no reserve. Which is just that much more appealing. Oooh, boy!
I couldn’t wait to show you these seats! The seller tells us there are only 55,000 miles on this Volvo, and since the odometer has triple digits, it might actually be true! Look at the Volvo floor mats and that great blue carpeting! There’s a dash cover to get rid of those cracks for sale here for only $54.95. Darn it, I’m convincing myself! I already know those seats are comfortable, and the manual transmission (doesn’t look like it has that great overdrive, though)
I know the seller says it has some rust spots, but there can’t be much of it. There’s some good information about the 140, where it can rust and even what you need to install an overdrive unit in this page from the UK Volvo owners club that talks about the spare tire well and rear valence as typical rust spots. Unfortunately, we don’t have pictures of either of those locations.
Doesn’t that interior look inviting? The paint looks like a good buffing could bring it back to snuff, and looks great with that bright interior. Hey, Josh & Jesse, you two like Volvos, right? Barn Finds project material? You might have your buyer in this writer when you’re done…
Here’s the clincher for me. No, it doesn’t run at the moment, but lookee there! That’s an air conditioning compressor on the right, and when the car was taken off the road it was working recently enough that the belt was still on. Wow! Sure, it looks like there are some items missing under here, but parts are readily available and there are all kinds of enthusiasts ready to help you with advice and expertise. Let me know which one of you buys this one, and Josh & Jesse, if it’s you two I might have to plan a trip to Idaho!