22 Years In Storage: 1958 Volvo PV444


Volvo had already established a reputation for building quality cars before the war, but their reach was limited. They kept at it though and ended up building the perfect car for the post-war economy. It was smaller and more affordable than their previous offerings, but the PV444 introduced the world to that now famous circle and arrow logo. This particular 1958 example has been in California storage since 1992 so there is little if any rust. Find it here on craigslist in North Fork, California for $6,500. Thanks goes to Barn Finds reader Nord B for the tip! Read more »

Daily Driver Update: 1972 Volvo 145E


Using a classic car as your daily driver can be a challenge. Modern cars provide almost maintenance-free reliability, while older cars require constant vigilance. Gauges that display things like oil pressure become much important when they are not accompanied by flashing lights and beepers. Fluid levels must be checked on occasion and a missed oil change could be devastating. A lot more time and money must be spent to keep a classic humming, but there is just something satisfying about the whole experience. Sure, there are bad days, but hopefully the feeling of achievement you get after successfully diagnosing a problem is fulfilling enough to keep you going. Let’s just hope I can keep at it! Read more »

Man Cave Find: 1973 Saab Sonett

1973 Saab Sonett

While going to College in Wyoming I would make the 8 block journey from my small apartment to campus and each time I made the trip I would walk past a wonderful looking Saab Sonett. Each time I went past it, I would tell myself I was going to go knock on the door and talk to the owner about it. I had learned it wasn’t always a good choice to approach people about their cars in Laramie, probably something to do with overly zealous WyoTech students, so I never got the courage to approach the owner. To this day, I regret not at least attempting to talk to them. When I saw this 1973 Sonett III that Al H spotted here on craigslist, it instantly reminded me of the one I use to walk by. Special thanks to Al for the tip and for bringing back some memories. Read more »

Pair of Amazons: 1967 & 1968 Volvo 122’s


The Volvo Amazon has always intrigued me, although not enough to buy one (yet). Extremely tough, with pleasing lines and robust mechanicals, I know many enthusiasts see these as great daily drivers, historic rally cars and just fun to have. These two have popped up here on craigslist in Regency, Florida for $3500 for the pair. Read more »

17k Mile 1972 SAAB Sonett


This submission comes from one of our readers, Chuck F. You have probably read his insightful comments, but now you can enjoy an article penned by him too. If the response is positive, perhaps he will grace us with more? – I remember seeing one of these Swedish sportscars in high school, around 1974-74, in the small town of Kendallville Indiana, population 7500 and home to Kraft Caramels at the time. I always thought they were interesting, but not real excited when I found out they had a 4 cylinder engine. After all, my first car was a $75 six cylinder/three-on-tree 2 door hardtop 1962 Impala, and my 2nd a $500 69 Super Bee. Read more »

1959 Volvo PV544 for $1,000


Even though both a 122 and a 145 currently reside in my garage, I still want to find a 544. That may sound crazy because the PV544 is the most archaic of the bunch, but it was also the lightest. It was the car that accidentally launched Volvo into the motorsports scene because of its exceptional combination of handling, speed, and durability. Do a little research and you will be surprised at how many of these little cars walked away with a trophy. This one is going to need a lot of work before it will see any podium finishes, but with an asking price of just $1,000, it is tempting to shoot the seller an offer. Find it here on craigslist in San Jose, California. Thanks goes to Robert J. for the tip! Read more »

Meet My Daily Driver: 1972 Volvo 145E


Some of you already know, but for those who don’t, I just bought another Volvo! After dragging our Amazon project home the other day, I decided that I needed the wagon that we found while out hunting. The Miata had been fun, but I needed something with a little more hauling capacity. Newer cars were considered, but in the end I decided that a classic would be a better choice. I write about old cars everyday so why shouldn’t I also drive one to the office everyday too? My choice may not appeal to everyone, but I know that more than a few of you will approve. So, here it is – my new 1972 Volvo 145E! Read more »

Out of Time: 1972 Volvo 1800E


Project cars: we love them, we loathe them. As I consider potentially adding a new project to my fleet, I’m reminded of the thoughts I had in the first few months of owning my E30. Feeling overwhelmed comes to mind. Thinking about how long it would take to get it to the point I wanted it, not to mention the dollars and time involved. Those are the memories that come flooding back when I read this ad that makes it sound as if the seller is simply running on empty when it comes to keeping the project flame burning. Read on to see if it’s time for a new caretaker to step up and give this ’72 1800E, found here on craigslist by reader Alan S., a forever home. It’s located in Georgetown, Kentucky and the seller is asking $3,500. Read more »

Turkey Day Discovery: Volvo 122s


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us here at Barn Finds! There is so much to be grateful for – family, friends, and faith. The list could go on and on. We are grateful for you guys because without a few dedicated readers, there wouldn’t be any reason for us to keep writing. So, to say thanks we have a great lineup of finds scheduled throughout the day. To kick things off, we have this Volvo 122s project. The seller isn’t even sure of the year, but the emblems on the fenders tell us that it is newer than 1964. They supposedly have a clean title though and are only asking $1,000 here on craigslist in Huntsville, Alabama. Thanks goes to Chuck F. for the tip! Read more »

1972 Volvo 145: Should We Buy It?


You know I wouldn’t sell a car without having a replacement lined up! We found this wagon while we were on the hunt for an old Volvo. We did end up dragging home a 1964 122s, but also met a few Volvo guys along the way. One father and son team had this 145 along with a huge stash of 122 parts. As I had mentioned, this car had a little rust, but the real reason I passed on it was the price. Well, I have been talking to the owner and I think we have come to a mutually beneficial arrangement. Read more »