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Volvo 144

In August 1966, Volvo presented a new 4-door car called the Volvo 144. It represented the start of an entirely new car series which, until 1974, accounted for Volvo's volume models.

The styling of the 144 was truly timeless and this is confirmed by the fact that the car, in further-developed form, was still being sold successfully in the early 1990s. The characteristic features of this car included the large areas of glass and three side windows.

The 144 was a very spacious car with a large luggage compartment. The Volvo 144 also included many new safety features. In addition to the body with its energy-absorbing zones front and rear, there was a unique braking system in which each braking circuit handled three wheels. Disc brakes were used on all four wheels. The interior had no protruding parts and there were safety belts for the driver and front-seat passenger.

Technical Specifications
Model: 144
Produced: 1966 - 1974
Volume: 523808
Body: 4-door saloon.
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line, overhead valves, 1,778 cc, 84.14 x 80 mm, 75 or 90 bhp and 1,986 cc, 88.9 x 80 mm, in several power versions.
Transmission: 4-speed manual, 4-speed manual with electrical overdrive or 3-speed automatic.
Brakes: Hydraulic, disc brakes on all four wheels.
Dimensions: Overall length 464 cm,wheelbase 260 cm

Volvo 142

The two-door version in the 140-series, the Volvo 142, was introduced early in the summer of 1967 - in other words, less than a year after the 144.

This model had the same technical design as the 4-door model, apart from the number of doors. The doors were naturally longer and the front backrests could be folded forward to make it easier to get into the rear seat.

One major difference when it came to the silhouette of the 142 compared with the 144 was that the 2-door version only had two side windows, while the 144 had three.

The price of the Volvo 142 was slightly lower than for the corresponding 4-door model, and the car was also about 40 kg lighter.

Technical Specifications
Model: 142
Produced: 1967 - 1974
Volume: 412,986
Body: 2-door saloon
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line, overhead valves, 1,778 cc, 84.14 x 80 mm, and 1,986 cc, 88.9x80 mm, in several power versions.
Transmission: 4-speed manual, 4-speed manual with electrical overdrive or 3-speed automatic.
Brakes: Hydraulic, disc brakes on all four wheels.
Dimensions: Overall length 464 cm,wheelbase 260 cm

Volvo 145

At the end of November 1967, Volvo presented the third version, in what was now developing into a complete car family known as the 140 Series, the Volvo 145.

The Volvo 145 was a 5-door estate with a rear section that, had a virtually vertical tailgate. Everybody agreed that this was a safe, comfortable and extremely practical and spacious car. The cargo volume was more than 2 cubic metres and the floor of the cargo area was completely flat.

This design of the rear section has since become a well-known characteristic of all Volvo estates.

The Volvo 145 quickly became an extremely popular estate and played an increasingly important role in the 140 Series.

The annual changes were mainly the same as were introduced in parallel on the 2- and 4-door versions. A visible change took place in 1970, when the rearmost side window disappeared in favour of a longer one-piece window behind the rear doors.

Technical Specifications
Model: 145
Variants: Express, Increased roof
Produced: 1967 - 1974
Volume: 268317
Body: 5-door estate
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line, overhead valves, 1,778 cc, 84.14 x 80 mm, and 1,986 cc, 88.9 x 80 mm, in several power versions.
Transmission: 4-speed manual or 4-speed manual with electrical overdrive or 3-speed automatic.
Brakes: Hydraulic, disc brakes on all four wheels.
Dimensions: Overall length 464 cm, wheelbase 260 cm.

Volvo 164

In the autumn of 1968 Volvo presented the Volvo 164. It was a development of the Volvo 144 but had a more prestige-oriented position.

The principal difference in technical terms was that the Volvo 164 had a 3.0-litre, in-line, 6-cylinder engine under the bonnet. This engine had been developed from the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine that was introduced for the 140 Series at the same time, in 1968. From the beginning, the 164 had two carburettors and it was later also available with fuel injection.

This was the first time in 10 years that Volvo was able to offer a 6-cylinder car. The last time had been when the taxis in the 830 Series were built.

However, when it came to cars aimed at private buyers, Volvo had not had a 6-cylinder car for almost 20 years, since 1950 when production of the PV60 ceased.

As far as the exterior of the 164 was concerned, the front had its own styling. The bonnet was longer, to make room for the larger engine. The shape of the front also imparted greater prestige owing to the large grille.

In the interior, the seats were totally different, the materials were more luxurious and leather upholstery could be specified.

The Volvo 164 was produced between 1968 and 1975. Most of the cars produced during the last year were sent to the USA.

Technical Specifications
Model: 164
Produced: 1968 - 1975
Volume: 146008
Body: 4-door saloon
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line, overhead valves, 2,978 cc, 88.9 x 80 mm, 135-175 bhp.
Transmission: 4-speed manual, 4-speed manual with electrical overdrive or 3-speed automatic.
Brakes: Hydraulic, discs on all wheels.
Dimensions: Overall length 470 cm, wheelbase 270 cm.

Source: Volvo Car Corporation.


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