Swedish Barn Finds

Saved from Shredder: 1969 Saab Sonett

The seller claims he spotted this 1969 Saab Sonnet in line to be crushed at a salvage yard facility and rescued it before falling to such a… more»

41k Genuine Miles: 1966 Saab 96

If you go searching around the internet, you will find a substantial amount of recent footage from various Scandinavian rally championships. What is astonishing in this footage… more»

Dealership Parked for 10 Years: 1966 Volvo 122

The amazing thing about this Volvo 122 is not the overall condition, although it does look really good, it is the fact that until recently it had… more»

54k Original Miles: 1979 Volvo 242DL

While for many years Volvo was known as the producer of staid and conservative cars that were mainly famous for their design safety, this is probably under-selling… more»

Portland Police Spec: 1985 Volvo 240 Turbo

The era of Volvo selling police-spec 240 Turbos to municipalities is a special one to me, as it seems like a bygone era that isn’t coming back…. more»

Sub-60K Miles Turbo: 1979 Saab 900

Among the potential project cars that are perpetually on my list of Gee, I’d like to own one of those someday is the first-generation Saab 900 Turbo. This… more»

Sleeper Brick: 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon

We don’t normally feature modern modified vehicles, but this 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon is worth a closer look given some of the names that have graced… more»

Solid Project: 1966 Volvo 1800S

Recently here at Barn Finds, we featured this 1972 Volvo 1800E, and the reception for it was luke-warm. This was mainly due to the extent of rust… more»

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»