I see it all the time, someone starts a project, gets part way through and then for whatever reasons is never able to finish the car. Well this Sonett is one of those unfinished projects. It was repainted and partially reassembled, but for whatever reason, it was parked in the barn and forgotten about. Nine years have passed since it was parked and it is now out of the barn and waiting to be finished. The seller purchased it for their son, who is 6’6″ and offers the disclaimer that if you are his height or taller, you shouldn’t buy it as you won’t fit! If you are under 6’6″ or think you can squeeze yourself into it, find it here on eBay in Gilbert, Arizona with bidding barely over $500. I’m curious see what other unfinished projects the seller has parked in their yard!
Robert R has sent us the motherlode of classic Volvo finds! Located in southwest Colorado, this list has me drooling. Check it out yourself here on craigslist. With (2) P1800’s, a 122, a P210, a 544, two 444’s, and numerous 140/240 series cars, this is a find not to be missed for lovers of the robust Swedish marque. Someday I’ll own a P1800, 4-speed with overdrive, IPD parts and those beautiful curves—all that and the practicality of a Volvo. I’ll never drive it as far as Irv Gordon has driven his, but I’d love to try! But the pictured P210 has a robust appeal as well, and it would be really useful to haul things and people with. Which rare Volvo would you save, and what would you do with it?
UPDATE 3/14/14 – Well, the auction didn’t meet reserve and since I already purchased the MGB, I really need to get this one sold. So, to encourage a sale I have relisted it here on eBay with a BIN of $2k! That doesn’t include the center console, rally gauges, or fuel can, but seems like a great deal to me. Guess it should though because I paid almost double that…
FROM 3/6/15 – The other day I mentioned that my 1972 Volvo 145 was for sale. I had a few bites, but no firm commitments so I have decided to auction it off. You can read the writeup I did the other about the car over on Credit Card Classics or continue reading to learn a few things I discovered about this wagon’s past. It seems like all the action happens right at the beginning so we are going to test out a 3 day auction. Find it here on eBay! Read more »
After getting the engine in our 1964 Volvo 122 running again, it was time to turn my attention to the brakes. There is no sense in going if you can’t stop! Hoses, caliper seals, wheel cylinders, and a new master cylinder were all ordered from RockAuto. I anxiously awaited their arrival assuming that the task of going through the brakes would be a simple one. After a few long days the parts finally arrived and the schedule was cleared. But, as is often the case with a barn find, the job was not that simple… Read more »
After writing up a couple of Fiestas the other day, I decided to go and test drive one of those new Fiesta STs that all the automotive journalists have been gushing about. Well, that went so well that a killer deal is pending on one. There’s one problem though. The garage is full! With the brakes pulled apart on our 122 project, the 145 has gotta go! Normally brand new cars are not something I do, but I have told myself that I can have it if the wagon sells in one day. The may sound strange, but the dealer claims that the bargain price will expire on March 1st anyway. This also seemed like great opportunity to announce our new site! As exciting as barn finds can be, they are not for everyone, so Credit Card Classics is going to fill that gap where cars like my Volvo fit – cheap, but cheerful daily drivers costing under $5k. So please take a look at the wagon over there and let us know what you think!
If it weren’t for taking the plunge on vintage BMWs, pre-GM Saabs would likely be my drug of choice. From the hatchback funkiness to the liberal use of turbocharging, old-school 99s and 900s just rub me the right way. Unfortunately, finding examples in any condition of the iconic Saab 99 Turbo takes more than a stroke of good luck, which is why this rough-looking ’78 example may actually be worth throwing a bid at if you’re on the hunt for one. You can find it here on eBay with a Buy-it-Now of $2,200 and the option to make an offer. Read more »
If you have been following this site for any length of time then you already know that I have been driving a 1972 Volvo 145 to the office for the past few months. Snow, rain, or shine – I head out to the garage every single morning and climb into that seat. Once inside, I pull out the choke, push in the clutch, and turn the key. On some days she fires right up, but on cold mornings it can be a bit of a struggle. Since we have been busy getting the 122 running, I haven’t had much time to look into the problem, but the other day I decided to take an afternoon off to sort out a few annoyances. Read more »
I’ve wondered for a long time exactly what logic led Volvo to have the first P1800 bodies built by Jensen in England. Don’t get me wrong; I love British cars. But generally they were and are known for their beauty and charm, not their craftsmanship. As it turns out, it’s a path filled with twists and turns almost as curvy as this Swedish sports car’s body. Jim S alerted us to this great find of a Jensen-bodied P1800 located in Corona, California and available here on eBay. Read more »
So on Wednesday last week, we busily hurried to get everything done at the office so we could head to Jesse’s garage to work on the 1964 Volvo 122S that had made residence there since he purchased it a few months back. The Holidays and work had kept us from being able to invest much time into; in fact, we hadn’t done a single thing to it since cleaning it and pushing it into the garage. Finally, we were able to break away from work and put some much needed wrench time into it. And do we have some exciting news! Read more »
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 »