Monday, August 28, 2017

Officially for Sale

My 1971 Volvo 142E is now officially for sale.  More details and lots of pictures here.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Time to Sell

Owning this car has been a great trip down memory lane for me.   In the 70s I had one, worked on it, and worked on many others.  It's amazing how those memories stay with you.  Each step of the way, and each thing I fixed was just like it was 30 years ago.  To me, that's what the whole old-car experience is all about.

But now it's time to move on.  I've never viewed myself as a collector.  I just want to experience working on a car, driving it, and looking at it.  But after a while it's time to move on to the next one, and I have two others sitting around not getting much attention.  So it's time.

I continue to believe that this is one of, if not the best example of a '71 Volvo 142E in existence.  There was one that mode it's way back to Sweden from Oregon a couple of years ago that looked pretty good, but I never saw it first hand.  And every other example that I've seen - and there are a lot of nice cars out there - have been modified or tricked out in one way or another, or creations made up of parts from cars of various vintages.  When looking for originality, it all starts with the car's serial number.  That tells what the car was, and what it still should be today if it's a real example.  This has not been a priority for Volvos, but it's the lifeblood of higher value cars like Mercedes, Jaguars, and Porsches.  And Volvos of this vintage are now starting to enter that phase of their life cycle where originality equal value, and rarity equals value.

Anyway, the car is for sale.  I won't start advertising it until later this summer, but in the mean time if anyone is interested, please contact me through this site.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Volvo 140 "Rareness" Update

Back in this posting I talked about the comparative rareness of Volvo 140 cars compared to the more widely seen P1800 cars.  At the Hilton Head show, I once again made a few notes an the number of various models.

The basic analysis is to simply look at how many cars show up per million that were made.  The fewer showings per million, the rarer the car is.  I only think this is meaningful for production cars that were built in some reasonable number.  I don't think it says much about cars that were originally built in very small numbers, but for general production cars I think it's an interesting metric.

Back at last fall's local event in Connecticut, we had:

140 series cars: 2.5 per million made
P1800 series cars: 204 per million made

In other words, a MUCH larger percentage of P1800 (81 times higher) survive today and came out to the show.  Based on this metric, a 140 car is 81 times more rare than a P1800.

At the Hilton Head show which was also VCOA's annual meet, so arguably the highest turnout, we had:

140 series cars: 3.2 per million made
P1800 series cars: 376 per million made

So this time, the percentage of P1800 cars surviving is 117 times higher than 140 series cars.  So a 140 is 117 times more rare than a P1800.

Interesting, I think.

More on the History of the Volvo 140 series

I just added a page on the significance of the Volvo 140 Series, including some thoughts on their rarity today.  There are links to the right under "Pages", and repeated here

Significance of the Volvo 140 Series

Significance of the '71 Volvo 142E

History of this '71 142E