Great article ... My father purchased red '69 142S with B20 on the overseas delivery scheme. We collected it from factory dealership in Sweden, drove it for 3 years around Europe, while he was stationed there with his work. I was 14 ... that experience cemented my love for the Volvo...and as an adult, owned an early '62 P1800 for a number of years, then couple of 142S in 70's and early 80's. Then a '79 244GL in '90s.Yes a boring family car, but after 485'000 k's was still going strong and problem free. Now have a 122S, built in March 1970. Last of 3 to be imported into Australia. An absolute fun car to own and drive. Being the last of series, the last 122S (69/70) were fitted with B20 to 123GT spec. Also had the twin brake system and collapsible steering column, headlight flashers. Fitted with overdrive, makes the car a great long distance tourer as well as quick point to point car.
Published on 08 March 2016