Final Assembly Required: 1967 Volvo 122

While this Volvo 122 is far from finished, the volume of spare parts included inside the cabin may indeed be enough to complete the resto. That’s the judgement call of the seller, which appears to be a towing company with a propensity for finding forgotten classics (in addition to all the modern junk.) After viewing up-close a Ford Falcon wagon in a similar state and realizing it was closer to completion than I thought, it occurred to me that cars in this state may be nearer to completion than previously thought. Find the Volvo here on craigslist for $995 in New Hampshire.

Thanks to Barn Finds reader Ed VT for the find. There’s no denying this is a major project that will likely require hours of re-assembly, and more hours of tracking down all of the parts that have gone missing. What I mean to convey is that while it looks like a wreck, if all of the panels are inside the car, it would feel completely different if they were hung in their correct locations. Most of us can handle a stripped interior, as cheap carpet kits abound and seats for a car like this are available via the secondhand spares market. Without the panels installed, this Volvo looks like a lost cause.

Of course, the bigger question is whether any rust is past the point of being surface-level only. The seller doesn’t get into the ugly details regarding the existence of major rot, which is always a problem in the northern states. That being said, they are adamant the shell is rust free – no word on whether that assertion extends to the floors. I can’t tell if there’s any glass in the cabin, but those pieces could be hard to come by given most sellers reluctance to ship glass. Other photos show a van full of parts and bins with bits like original radios. No word on condition of the mechanical bits.

Here’s that other project I mentioned, a Ford Falcon wagon in a similar state (if not slightly more complete, given the doors are hung). This is from the large Georgia collection we’ve listed here as a Barn Finds Exclusive, and it is in nearly rust-free condition with the fenders, tailgate, all glass, and hood included. Let me know if you’d like to check this Falcon wagon out, and whether you’d take on the Volvo or Ford given the choice of all-there but final-assembly-required status.

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Comments

  1. don

    This things toast ! Even in good shape these don’t go for big money . You or the guy you are paying to redo this would spend countless hours and cash rounding up the drivetrain , all the hardware , glass, seals , gaskets, trim and interior parts (if you could find them) . If you are going to restore it ,the spare parts included probably wouldn’t be good enough. For the money you’d end up spending restoring this pile you could buy a mint one of these and still have enough money left over to buy anther mint one !

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  2. John Karlsson

    Is this the Ikea model?

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  3. Gsuffa Gsuffa Member

    The Falcon wagon is even missing he holes for the door handles.

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  4. ken tilly

    More like final dis assembly

  5. Zach

    All the parts are available… but sheesh, there are better startingpoints.

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  6. RJ

    IF the shell is indeed rust-free and solid, it would be a good starting point to replace an existing project car that needs mucho welding. What’s the first thing you do in a restoration? Take it all apart for inspection and paint prep. That has already been done in this case.

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  7. GeneB

    I have owned and restored dozens of old Volvos, ’56-’72; wife drives the later models; but none is such an unrecognizable state as this one…scrap at best.

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  8. JP

    You gotta be kidding, right?

  9. Spud

    Another basketcase which I’m not sure if BF is posting as a joke (but wait, 4/1 was 2 days ago) or out of laughable naivete.

    Check out https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/seattle-1965-volvo-122s/6856085394.html if you want to see one with the addition of paint and several hundred nuts and bolts. Oh, and an engine, wheels, an interior…..

  10. Dana

    Hey guys I get it, its a clam. We towed it in for scrap and figured we would list it. Has lots of clean parts and obviously ive got to start with a price I’m gonna get beat up on. Simple as this if it sells great if not it goes in the press. Any questions feel free to call me on the Craigs list link. Thanks!

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  11. Howard A

    What is the point of dismantling a car to that unrecognizable degree? Bottom of the 122 barrel here, folks. I suppose the Falcon has some good parts, but that’s too far gone as well.

  12. Jeff Lavery Jeff Lavery Staff

    Once again, the legions of people who have never bought a car to restore themselves appears….

    Dana, thanks for posting. I endure the same baseless cat-calls every day from people who will never buy what you’re selling anyway….

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    • JP

      Now you have to be joking. Restoring a car and restoring a hulk are two distinctive things. If this were a ’58 Ferrari 412 built by Enzo his own self for the King of Siam, or maybe Elvis, then yeah, ok. Otherwise, not so much. Why not just sell the parts and be done with it? No need to insult our intelligence by insinuating we’re not smart enough to jump on this extraordinary opportunity… Or maybe you can buy and restore it – let us know how that works out, ok?

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      • Howard A

        Hmm, makes a good point,,,

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  13. Ward William

    122s are not that rare. I would not waste the money. Scrap.

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