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This Is How I Fell In Love With A Swedish Classic

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
November 9, 2015
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Story and photography by Edward Marius

As long as I remember, I have been fascinated by automobiles, and fell under their spell early on. But as my interests in the car world expanded, Scandinavian classics—Saabs and Volvos—began to catch my attention. It hasn’t left: all of the cars I’ve owned since getting my license have been Volvos. I was keen to try a few, but at the top of my list was a first generation Volvo 142—the classic one, featuring details from the ’60s and a shape that would evolve into the ’90s.

I was looking all over the web for the perfect one, and it wasn’t easy: these are rare and sell like fresh bread. Then came my lucky day: a few low resolution pictures, a short description, no price, and a location a mere 6 hours’ drive away. I quickly wrote to the seller, and the next morning I was driving to Toronto to see the car.

Thankfully, the owner was a true car enthusiast who had spent decades restoring Volvos back to their former glory. This is a 1970 142, a clean 1-owner car from California that he had completely restored back in the ’90s. The car had all the tasteful modifications I would have done myself anyway: uprated B20B engine, 4 speed manual with overdrive, front and rear disc brakes, lowered suspension, sway bars, GT instrument cluster, hot rod style hood louvers, and front air dam.

It was love at first sight. Part of the deal was to keep in touch, and a week later we picked the car up from Stuart—promising it’d never be a trailer queen or be parked next to a red car at a show (because red would draw attention away from the 142). I drove the car all the way back, in the best car trip of my life. In the last year, I’ve made a few changes, kept up with maintenance, and have been learning how to do things myself—making new friends in the process.

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Rotem Gill
Rotem Gill

Great car! i had raced these 142 Volvo for many years and we done very well beating with this “Family Sedan” the “sports cars” like BMW, Mustangs, Golf and others..

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ET Carlin
ET Carlin

That’s a great looking 142! Love it! Keep it “volvare”.
http://www.classicvolvorestoration.com/

Michał Kręgiel
Michał Kręgiel

Loving It! Thanks guys for showing this and other wonderful cars.

Robert Stewart
Robert Stewart

1970 142 / B20B in dark green was my first car – soft spot for these! Rare sight these days.

Franco Guidi
Franco Guidi

Oh wow, how did this car pass unnoticed by me for so long? I had no idea this ever existed (I’m not particularly sharp on Volvo’s history) but it charmed me instantly. Please let there be a video of it coming up.

Jérémy Ménard
Jérémy Ménard

If you want to see more of this 142, the owner is a member of Club Volvo Quebec, you can also see him on is personal Instagram @prancingmoose88 and he post 140 stuff on his other Instagram page @140_series_club

Erik Olson
Erik Olson

Beautiful car! Looks like an IPD front air dam, but I don’t think they make them anymore. I could be wrong…

JsT Fartin
JsT Fartin

I’m biased as my DD is a ’71 142S but I approve this article 142\%. Might I ask the source of the front air dam?

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