It’s pretty safe to say that in this day and age, we can all agree that station wagons rule. And it’s also pretty safe to say that two door station wagons rule harder. With that said, V8 powered, manual transmission-equipped, rear wheel drive two-door wagons rule the hardest of all (yes, even harder than brown, manual transmission equipped diesel wagons). Out of all the wagon builders over the years, the famed Swedish automaker Volvo has built some really cool ones.
Yeah, I said Volvo.
Before their 1980’s heyday of turbocharging all the things, Volvo built some nice looking wagons, especially the Amazon and the 140 variants. They weren’t barn burners by any stretch with their reliable-but-pokey four cylinder engines, but they were compact and propelled by the rear wheels. Later down the line, when they became affordable second hand cars (or when parents handed them down to their hot rodder kids), someone got the idea that they would be way cooler with double the cylinders under the hood. They weren’t wrong. V8 swaps of all kinds started to happen, but mostly limited to Chevy and Ford small block V8’s into the 80’s 240 and 740 models. You usually don’t see V8’s under the hood of the older ones, especially the early 70’s 140 models.
What we have here is something that slots right into the “dare to be different” category: a 1972 Volvo 145 Wagon, modified to have two less doors than usual, and with a Buick/Rover 3.5L aluminum V8 backed by a 5-speed manual transmission. And this one’s for sale, too. Let’s have a closer look!
The ad up on Craigslist is a little sparse:
1972 Volvo 2dr Custom Wagon with a 3.5 Aluminum V8 with 5 speed manual trans. Body and paint excellent condition , too much to list here, $6900
That’s all you get for info unfortunately. No word on if anything has been done to the engine, what transmission (or rear end) is behind the V8, suspension mods, or anything else. As long as the drivetrain is in good working order, the asking price of $6900 is priced right. This thing appears to be ultra clean, very different, and definitely BangShift Approved. It would rule as a cool cruiser or grocery getter, or to take it to the next level with some serious suspension and engine upgrades to transform it into a autocross mule/track terror.
What do you think of this sweet Swedish wagon? Let us know below!