| VOLVO 140
1967 - 1974
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The VOLVO 140 Series was launched in 1967 and was sold until 1974. It was first available in 2 door and 4 door chassis type. The station wagon became available in 1968. Look at the production tables below to for an overview of the different emblems, chassis and engine options. It was a popular car, over 1 million were sold. The 2 door model was almost as popular as the 4 door model, with 458300 2 doors and 519768 4 doors sold. With the the later Volvo models that followed the 2 door model was never as popular. The wagon model sold 268327 units.
The 140 Series is the first Volvo that looked square and was a significant styling change from the previous models. It can be qualified as the first modern Volvo. I can say by experience that their is a big difference between driving an earlier model like the Volvo 122s and driving a Volvo 140. The 140 handles better, is roomier, more comfortable, has better brakes, in short it drives much like a Volvo 240, 740 and even 850. However the 140 drivetrain including the engine, transmission, rear axle, steering and suspension design is much like the other Volvos of the 60s. The B18 and B20 engines, the transmissions, are the same ones used in the VOLVO 120 Series and VOLVO 1800 Series.
The VOLVO 140 Model is the direct ancestor of the VOLVO 240. The first version of the 240 from 1975 to 1978 was very similar to the last 140s produced in 1973 and 1974. This makes it easy to find parts for the 140 and to modify it to improve performance and reliablilty. For example the windshield is the same for 140 and 240 from 1967 to 1993. Mag wheels from the 240 series and 740 series bolt on the 140. Putting mag wheels and modern tires makes a big difference on handling.
See also the VOLVO 164 Model produced around the same time and sharing design and parts. The Volvo 164 is a luxury version of the 140.
For unclear reasons the 140 model is not popular as a collector's car. My opinion
is that it is one of the best classic VOLVO model to keep because it is light,
simple, comfortable and relatively cheap to fix and maintain. I own a station
wagon 1972 and I don't consider it a classic car. It's very practical and I
use it almost every day during summer to go camping, cycling, carry parts for
my business and more.
Models and Engines. Click engine name for more info
|Full Name||Engine||From||To||Comment||Picture||More Information|
|VOLVO 140||-||1967||1971||Identifies cars with a single carburetor engine (B18A or B20A).||-||-|
|VOLVO 140S||-||1967||1972||Identifies cars with a dual carburetor engine (B18B or B20B).||-||-|
|VOLVO 140E||-||1971||1972||Identifies cars with a fuel injected engine (B20E or B20F).||-||-|
|VOLVO 140GL||-||1973||1974||From 1973 identifies cars with the more luxurious trim level like sunroof and leather seats. In the USA all cars had the B20F fuel injected engine.||-||-|
|VOLVO 140DL||-||1973||1974||From 1973 identifies cars with the standard trim level. In the USA all cars had the B20F fuel injected engine||-||-|
|VOLVO 142||2 door sedan||140 2 door sedan||1967||1974||458300||View a picture|
|VOLVO 144||4 door sedan||140 4 door sedan||1967||1974||519768||View a picture|
|VOLVO 145||station wagon||140 5 door station wagon||1968||1974||268327||View a picture|
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