Buy This Road Rally Vintage Volvo So I Don't Have To

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Many, many, many years ago I turned down a beautiful old 140-series 70s Volvo selling out of my buddy’s neighbor’s driveway for $500. Will that regret haunt me forever? Probably! Anyway, please buy this Volvo so I don’t go broke.

It’s a Volvo 142, which is like a later 240 that everyone and their professor had but it looks cooler.

And it has just about every performance mod you could want on one of these things short of a very big later engine swap. From the SFBay Craigslist listing:

For sale - 1971 Volvo 142S. I’ve had this car for seven years and it’s been an amazing project, but the time has come to pass it on. Lots of rare, new and newer parts have been installed to make it a fun, well-handling and head-turning car that people seem to love. It’s also a California car with original blue plates and a clean title. I’ve driven it all over town and all the way to Bonneville, and it’s been a great ride the entire way. Along the way it won IPD’s 2016 photo content in the “Best Hooptie” category.

I’m asking $4600 and the full list of parts and upgrades can be found below.

Rare parts:
GT cluster
Discontinued IPD sway bars
Discontinued IPD wheels, 15x7
Discontinued IPD front lip

Engine and drivetrain:
Stock B20
Rebuilt head
Newer head gasket, water pump, valve cover gasket
Electronic ignition (MSD plus Blaster coil)
Rebuilt Weber downdraft carb and Cannon intake
Newer starter (have working spare too)
Newly rebuilt alternator
IPD header into side exit exhaust
Upgraded to M410 4-speed+overdrive transmission with all correct driveshaft and supports (have original 4-speed tranny as well)

Lowered, obviously, but it rides really well.
Front: Custom ordered springs (500lb. iirc), newer Bilsteins, full polyurethane bushings, big IPD sway bar
Cut wagon overload springs, Bilsteins, IPD sway bar, custom adjustable torque rods and panhard bar (to ensure driveline alignment with lowered stance), poly bushings

Rolling stock:
Discontinued IPD wheels (15x7 and 5x108 bolt pattern) that look like vintage MB Pentas. Plasti-dipped red but they’re silver underneath and in good shape overall
R-comp tires with decent meat left

Stock four-wheel discs with newer pads and lines, fully bled and functional with no leaks. Probably one of the best stopping cars of this era.

Poly bushings, new tie rods

Rare GT cluster - All functional except for the tach, so I swapped it out with an aftermarket tach. Will include original GT tach, which just needs a rebuild
Newer upholstery with no rips
Great dash, just one crack and covered with a dash pad
Good door cards, headliner and carpet
Aftermarket steering wheel
Rare OEM rubber floor mats
OEM rubber mat in the trunk, along with original jack and spare tire

Original paint, waxes up well, but has some touch ups here and there, along with some flaking sections
All trim, rubber and glass in great shape
IPD front lip
Euro headlight, the other is a Lexus fog light/cold air inlet, but I have an extra Euro headlight if you don’t like this look
Headlight cages
Hella fogs
Early taillights (red/white/red instead of amber/white/red)
Bullet mirror
All stickers are high quality vinyl and can be easily removed with no damage to the paint

Tons of spare parts

The bad:
Has some rust in the lower rear quarter panel, which actually grew to be a hole, but I’ve covered it in rust seal and painted it to prevent growth
Could use a tune on the carb, but I’ve done the best I can with the jets that I have on hand. It’s very driveable as is though
High miles (over 200k), but these engines last forever
Leaks some oil from the oil pan gasket, nothing too serious

It’s loud

Loud? You say that like it’s a bad thing.

In any case, the car is wildly affordable and I would probably buy it is I hadn’t already just bought a very nice old car out of NorCal and I don’t live there anymore.


If you bought it I would stop thinking about moving back to where I grew up and driving this thing around and scaring all the new rich people who live there now. Please. For me.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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Publius in Extremis

I’ve got a great idea Raph, now hear me out. How about, you buy it and give it to me? That way, you get the satisfaction of being able to ensure it goes to a good home, and I get the satisfaction of my wife not castrating me for spending money. It’s a win-win! I’ll even fly out to SF and drive it back to Michigan and do a write up of my journey for my fellow Jalops! My asking price is simply the car itself.