Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Saturday, November 19, 2011

1973 Volvo 140 - Another low mileage Volvo.

The 140 Series cars were the first boxy Volvos.

The 140 was introduced in 1966. In 1973 it received a bit of a facelift that included a new dashboard with big round air vents and an instrument cluster with round gauges.

This 140 has just 51,000 miles on it. It looks to be in very, very nice shape.

Located in Hampton, NH, click here to see the carsforsale.com ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me the link to this car!

1995 Alfa Romeo 164 LS - As I wrote in a post back in October, it could be argued (and I know I'll get an argument) that the 164 was - overall - the best sedan Alfa ever offered in the US. The engine is a jewel, the styling is fantastic and - when compared to earlier Alfas - it's reliable. It also doesn't rust as badly as earlier Alfas.

This is a very well maintained 164. At first glance, the Buy It Now price of $8,633.75 (I'd love to know how some people come up with their prices. $8,633.75? What's with the .75?) seems a bit on the high side, but with over a day to go in the auction, it's been bid up to $6700.00 (no .75), so who knows, it may sell for over $8K. It looks like well taken care of 164s are finally getting the respect they deserve.

Located in Royersford, PA, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to Mike for sending me the link to this car!

1982 Wartburg "Volkspolizei" Station Wagon - It says a lot about a country - in this case the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) - when their police cars - which in most countries are usually very fast cars - were 3 cylinder, 2 stroke Wartburgs. But, then again, since they were usually chasing Trabants, that was most likely all that was needed.

This car is an oddly cool piece of history. (I love the corded telephone sitting on the dash!)

Located in Leipzig, Germany, click here to see the eBay listing.

5 comments:

P said...

Volvo 140 = one of the best cars ever made, bar none :)

rrshadow2 said...

the problem with these eastern block cars that aren't already sitting on US soil, is getting them here. It's no easy task if you don't have contacts and research the shipping situation ahead of time, I fully intended to buy a Volga 24 in Latvia where I have a contact, until I found out that latvia among most eastern block countries they don't do roll on roll off shipping, Only container shipping which is expensive as hell! So what might seem like a great deal, assuming you DO have someone to go look at the car for you to make sure you're not going to be shipping over a pile of parts/rust. Beware the insane high cost of getting the car here to the states

Alfa Dan said...

Considering how few 164s were imported, and that hardly any nice ones remain, this looks like a lot of car for the money. Knowing what it can cost to sort one of these out, I a verrrry tempted to click that buy it now button. Nice find.

Thedugger said...

As the prior owner of This 164LS, I can vouch for it's condition. This really is a fantastic car and has such a fresh feeling...interior, exterior, mechanical, suspension, just exceptional. After I sold the Alfa I went ahead an purchased a mint 46K 1983 Porsche 928. This car was in similar condition but a TOTAL dissappointment. The 164, and this one in particular, is just a dramatically superior driving experience.

If there is a buyer out there looking for an unreal 164, this is it. You couldn't duplicate it for what he is selling it.

I REALLLLY hope it goes to a good home!!!!!!!! BEST OF LUCK!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Alfa did sell for close to $8k. As you said, it is good to see these cars starting to get the respect they deserve. Well sold and well bought.