1978 Saab 99 Turbo

Cosmetically Challenged: 1978 Saab 99 Turbo

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 »

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How To Fix A Sticky Choke

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 »

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One Of 6,000: 1963 Volvo P1800

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 »

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It Runs Again: 1964 Volvo 122S

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

1973 Saab Sonett

Man Cave Find: 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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »