Posts Tagged ‘swedish’

Be Right Back – 1962 Volvo 122S

June 17, 2016

Back when there wasn’t much in the way of affordable sporty sedans for North American drivers, Volvo was one of the only choices. BMW was only just beginning to emerge from its odd super-luxury/super-economy strategy with the New Class 1500, Alfa was great but not as maintenance-free as most Americans wanted, and the American successes of Datsun were just a glint in their daddy’s eye. Debuting in 1956 with Chrysler-aping styling, by 1962 the 122S sported a dual-carburetor, 1.8-liter engine good for about 95hp. Let’s take a look at this 1962 Volvo 122S for sale for $2450 in Belmont, CA.

1962 Volvo 122S left front

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Nothing Shakespearean – 1972 Saab Sonett III

June 15, 2016

Among Swedish cars, Saab was always the more sporting make, and true to that image, their car was a light, compact, and nimble car, while Volvo built a more luxurious, GT-style vehicle that could carry four in a pinch. Okay, a Porsche 911-style pinch, but it was possible nonetheless. As a result, the Sonett was used in various competitive events against other small displacement sports cars like ice racing, rallying, and autocrossing. So no matter what kind of event you’re looking at entering, the Sonett should fill the bill. Check out this 1972 Saab Sonett III for sale for $2100 in Pilot Hill, CA.

1972 Saab Sonett left front

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Volvo Show, Part 2 – 1990 Volvo 240 DL Wagon

May 25, 2016

If you’re looking for a deal on a Volvo, but the 242 GT is too boy-racer for you, how about a gold 240 wagon? Seriously, all it needs is a public radio sticker and a 1980s child seat in the back and you’ll throw every member of Generation X who grew up in a major urban area back in time. The great thing about the wagon is, you don’t give up anything in terms of the basic platform, and you get more room. To offset the extra weight of the slightly bigger body, the 240’s engine had an extra half point in compression by 1990, so you got a 7hp boost. And the same chassis and engine performance parts bolt on here, so you can have your cake and load it full of luggage too. Check out this 1990 Volvo 240 DL for sale for $4500 in northwestern (likely Portland) Oregon.

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