I have to be careful what I say here because many of our readers have a sharper recollection than I when it comes to these wonderful Volvos. I’ve had about a baker’s dozen of these, all new and in either 2,4 or 5 doors. Why so many you ask? I worked at Volvo in the 80s and 90s and was blessed to qualify for a company car each year. That perk plus the ability to lease another at a favorable rate adds up to lots of Turbo 240 Volvos. I even think I had one like today’s featured car in Redwood Metallic. I was responsible for color & trim books among a host of other things yet I don’t recall naming anything Redwood. But I guess it is possible. Read More
Yes, this might be the nicest, over-restored Volvo 122S in the world but we can’t imagine paying $21,500 for it. Can’t believe we just wrote that because this happens to a bucket list car for us. We love them madly. Our intrepid car-finder and friend has a similar car except (a big except) it is mostly original right down to the first family’s USA pictorial travel stickers adorning the rear side glass. They are like Scout badges and very cool. We are sure you could get repros and paste them on this Volvo’s window but that would be shameful.
We feature these all of the time if it is a good one and this one is a good one. We feel the same way about the 122S Volvos as we feel about the Mercedes Fintail. They have aged well, and are very durable and potentially fun cars to campaign in. Are they great cruise night cars? I don’t think you’ll win any popular voting trophies left in stock appearance. We would add all of the performance and rally equipment so this one gets some respect. Read More
We have had quite a few 544s on Mint so it doesn’t surprise you that we zeroed in on this one. Many of the other featured Volvos were refreshed or restored to the new owner’s specifications. All of them were very well done in our opinion. But this one looks like a clean slate to do the right thing for one of these superb little sedans. Read More
“P”, “E”, “ES” and “S” – These are letters attributed to Volvo’s ageless sports car. Some say the “P” is for personal car (what that is in Swedish escapes us for the moment). The “P”1800 was built by Jensen during the first 2 years of production. When Volvo moved the production to Sweden the car became an 1800S and the “P” was dropped. Read More
The creator, owner and seller of this FrankenVolvo has put together a rather nice little hot rodded 544. Hot Rod is a bit of a stretch. If it had a 454 Chevy crate motor, then it would be a hot rod. But it does have more power than when it was born courtesy of a donor ’73 1800ES. Read More
You don’t see many of these somewhat indestructible 142s in this kind of condition. particularly after it has already covered 178,000 miles. But we know from the intrepid traveler and mileage maker, Irv Gordon, this one shares DNA with one that has gone 3 million miles. It is just getting warmed up. Read More
We are confident that Volvo enthusiasts will read this featured listing and we have many of them. Our other readers who have not yet warmed to the charm of a 544 will probably take a pass. This one is Mintworthy because it allegedly has 44,000 original miles. We like the red exterior and don’t know what is inside. Probably grey if we know the Swedes. This is a Portland, Oregon car and if it has been in Portland all of its life, it might actually be rust free. We have visions of this one without whitewalls and with body color wheel and no wheel covers. An old friend calls that Stage One rally tune. These are easy to work on and parts are easily obtainable. We would go to Stage Two rally by installing some IPD suspension upgrades and adding a few vintage rally lights front and rear. Nothing too big. The seller is asking $9700 and if it checks out to be an accurate description, then it is a good place to start. Click here for the Craigslist ad.
We’ve had a few Duetts here on Mint and they always seem to get a good response. By that I mean, they sell. This is a very early car for a US specimen as it is a 444 with a split windscreen. We read so many ads each day that we wonder what people are really thinking when the write this stuff. Read More
Okay, so nothing is perfect except maybe this Volvo 122S. We are no strangers to the 122S and this one just has no weakness that we can see from the detailed pictures. The light green exterior with dark green interior was quite popular back then. The seats look great and were years ahead of other car seats of the period in comfort and support. The B20 engine is durable as ever and coupled to a 4-speed plus overdrive and you have a great highway cruiser. Read More
You know the story. General Motors (pre-government bail-out) bought SAAB cars and proceeded to run it into the ground. Yes, they built some decent cars based on other GM Europe platforms and that hastened the loss of the spirit of the quirky, yet loveable SAAB. Read More
These late-model, fuel-injected Volvos are really neat, useable sports cars. No, they are not the fastest or the best handling but they are built like a Swiss watch and great to look at. We were lucky to have time to inspect this one at Auto Turismo Sport while it was in for service. The gaps are amazing and the doors close with solid reassurance. The chrome along the top leading edge that flows from the door to the rear fender lines up perfectly. Read More
Admittedly we are station wagon aficionados. We applaud their versatility and in most cases, the long roof design. Couple that appreciation with one of our favorite utilitarian cars – the Volvo 122S – and you have a car we believe would be a welcome addition to anyone’s household. We are not at all suggesting that this particular example or any other become someone’s garage or trailer queen, but rather an adventure mobile. Read More
Most of us know about the virtues of the vintage Volvo 544 but this one goes back farther than most of us here in the US are familiar with. I did say most of us because I, a former owner of a ’53 PV444, know more than most. I found mine in the desert outside of Palm Springs, California.
Our PV444 found in the California desert in 1986
It was sitting behind a ramshackle house, surrounded by old refrigerators and wood pallets. The tires were flat so the belly was resting on sand for many years. The owner sold it to me for not a lot of money and I gave him explicit instructions. I would send a truck to pick it up and have it transported to the local Volvo dealer to see if they could get it running and prepare it for shipping to New Jersey. Read More
If you are a fan of solid old Volvos, you know this one is pretty rare here in the US. The name Duett comes from management’s wishes to have a suitable commercial vehicle that can be used as a passenger vehicle on weekends. Hence one vehicle, 2 uses and the name Duett. Clever those Swedes were back then. Another little known fact (unless you are a Volvo trivia expert) is that the Duett was built on an old ladder type frame to simplify the fitting of special commercial bodies. Here’s a Jeopardy question, Alex Trebeck. The only Volvo sold in the USA that used a ladder-type frame. Buzzz! “What is a Duett?” Our featured Duett comes from the northwest and has been in the care of only 2 owners since new. Read More