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

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, 15×7

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 (15×7 and 5×108 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

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