Swedish Barn Finds

Custom Swede: 1980 Volvo 242DL

When I first looked at the photos of this car I struggled to work out what it is. Then I struggled to work out why it is…. more»

Restore Or Drive? 1972 Volvo 1800E

The Volvo 1800 first entered production in 1961 after Volvo at one point considered not producing the car, and in fact, denied the existence of the prototype… more»

23,000 Original Miles: 2000 Volvo V70 Wagon

After having my first child last year, I’ve quickly realized my daily driver sedan is not long for this world. Man, you haul a lot of stuff with… more»

Success Story: Georgia Collection ’70 Saab 96

As some of you likely know, I am helping to clear out a large collection of salvage and project vehicles from a private owner. You can read more… more»

Sweet Swede: 1990 Saab 900 SPG Turbo

During the second half of the 20th Century car company failures were not unusual, and some great names would be consigned to the dusty pages of history… more»

Ruddspeed Modified: 1965 Volvo 122S

When we think of popular tuning houses closely associated with major manufacturers, names like AMG, RUF, and Cosworth are quick to come to mind. However, familiarize yourself… more»

Revived Brick: 1986 Volvo 240

The Volvo 240 was built in large numbers over a remarkable 19-year production run, and it was built to last—so much so that, 25 years after production… more»

$3,000 Swede: 1971 Saab Sonett III

Being Swedish – ok, half Swedish, or my ancestors were on my mom’s side.. wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah, being half Swedish I’ve… more»

Clown Car: 1962 Volvo 544 Sport B-18

Volvo is a manufacturer that I have complete respect for. Their cars seem to be long-lived and capable of surprising levels of performance. In Scandinavian countries cars… more»

Reader Ad: 1990 Volvo 740 V8 Wagon

Update 9/13/2018 – We just heard from Michael and the Volvo has sold! Hopefully, the new owner will keep us updated on their V8 Volvo adventures. It… more»


From 7/27/2018 – As some of you likely know, I am helping to clear out a large collection of salvage and project vehicles from a private owner. You… more»

Chop Top for Engine Swap: 1980 Volvo 262C Bertone

The 1978-81 Volvo 262C Bertone may have been aimed at the luxury coupe market, but to create it, Volvo took a page from the classic hot rodder’s… more»

Swede Deal: 1970 Volvo P1800E

Here is a project that may be worth more than a look. This 1970 Volvo P1800E is currently up for grabs in Keene New Hampshire found here… more»

From Britain Via Sweden: 1962 Volvo P1800

Volvo, that Swedish builder of sober, reliable transportation dabbled in sporting cars as well with their Sport P1900 and later the P1800 coupe. An example of a… more»

Barn Finds At Lucky Auctions’ Fall Classic!

Where has the summer gone? Fall is almost here and while that’s a bit of a bummer, at least it means cool evenings for cruising around in… more»

Stretch Swede: 1988 Volvo 740 GLE Limo

While we’re accustomed to seeing Lincoln Town Cars or Navigators converted to stretch configurations, saloons like a bread-and-butter Volvo 740 served as platforms for limos overseas. This… more»

A “Swede” Little Car: 1965 Volvo 122S Amazon

I don’t know where the Volvo fits within American folklore, but here in Australia Volvo drivers tends to be the butt of quite a few jokes. The… more»

Pre-Brick Project: 1963 Volvo P120 Duett

If you grew up with Volvos, you’ll remember their aversion to curves in the bodywork, especially those cars from 1970 through the early 2000s. The straight lines… more»

Reader Ad: Black Plate 1967 Volvo 122S

What Makes It Special? This is a black plate California car, and its a rare & desirable 2 door with the 4 speed manual transmission. It has… more»

This Is No Saab Story: 1967 Saab 95

While its first ancestor was the Saab 93 sedan, the 95 owes its legacy and good looks to the Saab 96. A two-door wagon that holds seven… more»

Quirky And Fun Project: 1971 Saab Sonett III

It’s still hard to believe that Saab is gone, or at least the Saab that a lot of us knew and loved. Other companies made quirky and… more»

Exclusive: 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero

We wouldn’t normally feature a car this new that isn’t a special edition low mileage survivor, but I’ve always been fascinated by these Saab 9-2xs so I thought… more»

Preserved Two Stroke: 1967 Saab 96

It’s a shame to think a company like Saab is effectively dead and buried (don’t start with their Chinese reincarnation, it ain’t ever going to be the… more»

La Jolla Time Capsule: 1978 Volvo 244

Volvos are workhorses, typically used for the bump and grind of daily life. They’re purchased for this reputation of durability, and as such, many of them are… more»