This 1969 Volvo 142S was purchased new in Europe by an American military service member and shipped to the US, where it reportedly was driven by his wife and then stored for 35 years. Around 2010, the car was sold and modified with work including replacing the factory automatic transmission with a four-speed manual, refinishing the body in green, refurbishing the interior with green tartan cloth, and installing an IPD suspension with lowering springs. Power is from a 2.0-liter B20 inline-four equipped with a Weber carburetor. Additional features include Volvo rally instrumentation, Panasport-style wheels, a lower front air dam, and air conditioning. This 142 is now offered with a clean California title. The 140 series went through several styling changes, and this early example features the original grille style as well as small rear lenses, front signals, slim bumpers, and no side reflectors. This example was originally finished in Beige and was repainted about seven years ago in Mercedes-Benz color DB-218 Linden Grun. Other modifications include an IPD lower front spoiler, fog lights, and Volvo-branded mud flaps. Minilite-style 15 6 VTO alloy wheels sourced from IPD reportedly were recently fitted with Dunlop tires. Suspension revisions include IPD lowering springs, higher-rate shocks, and stiffer sway bars. An "Automatic" badge remains on the rear panel, although the BW35 three-speed automatic transmission was swapped out by a previous owner. The seats were reupholstered in green tartan material from TRE Motorsports and feature replacement foam padding and webbing. White vinyl trim continues to the door panels and the sun visors. An under-dash A/C unit was recently converted to R134. The stereo was replaced with a JVC Bluetooth unit powering Pioneer speakers located over the rear parcel shelf. The dashboard is equipped with factory rally-style instrumentation including an 8k-rpm tachometer and a 130-mph speedometer with an inset five-digit odometer registering about 51k miles. Additional are a wood-rimmed Volvo sport steering wheel, factory glass etchings, period stamps for the seatbelts, and a non-functional parking-brake indicator light. The B20 2.0L inline-four is paired with an M40 four-speed manual transmission, which reportedly was installed about 1,500 miles ago along with a new clutch. Features include Pertronix ignition, a Weber carburetor with a Sprint air cleaner, an alternator conversion, and an upgraded cooling fan. The cylinder head was sent to a machine shop for a conversion to unleaded gasoline, which involved hardening the valve guides and seats. The exhaust was rebuilt with a Magnaflow system.
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