Our Wagon Wednesday feature is this distinctive Mist Green 1972 Volvo 145S you can find here on Craigslist in Hanover, Pennsylvania for the asking price of $3,200. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the private seller has their Volvo priced about $400 higher than the #4 “Fair” value.
Volvo produced the mid-size 140 series from 1966 through 1974 in two-door (142) and four-door (144) sedans as well as the five-door (145) station wagon body style. The 140 series was the first by Volvo to feature the boxy rectilinear style the marque later became famous for. Styling changes for 1972 included the introduction of flush mounted door handles, a revised dashboard with fake woodgrain trim, newly designed switches, and a small central panel with a clock. The example presented here is likely fitted with Volvo’s B20D two liter inline four cylinder power plant. Fitted with dual carburetors and a lower compression ratio, Volvo claimed this engine produced 110 brake horsepower when new.
The private seller is quick to point out that, in their words, “the paint looks better in the pictures than in person.” Given what appear to be damp conditions when these pictures were taken, we would not be surprised by that. Regardless, Volvo’s Mint Green is nice color that has survived the test of time.
The seller and the pictures note that the rear wheel arches have been repaired in the past and while driver’s side is in primer, the passenger side looks in need of repair.
The black vinyl interior shows its age. The carpet appears to be badly faded and with a slip cover left on the front passenger seat, its safe to assume that will need to be reupholstered. The seller notes that the floors of his Volvo are very solid.
Unfortunately, the seller does not provide any pictures of the engine but notes the engine benefits from a full tune up and the dual carburetors have been rebuilt and balanced. The seller states that the exhaust system will be to be replaced in order to pass inspection.
We love these 140 series wagons as the smaller bumpers look much cleaner than the monsters fitted on the later 240 series. The seller presents their Volvo as a running project car that you can just “drive and finish or take to the next level.” With solid bones and a great color combination, we’d like to see the next owner take it to the next level as these continue to become a rare site on U.S. roads. Good luck with the purchase!