1970s / Rust in peace / Swedish / Volvo

Rust in peace: Volvo 164 E

volvo-164-e-1We photographed this 1972 Volvo 164 E last month at a self-service junkyard in Salt Lake City, Utah. A sticker on the windshield hints that this Swede was donated to a non-profit organization in exchange for an income tax deduction.

It’s a bit of a shame to see a 164 in a junkyard because they’re uncommon at best in Utah. This example is certainly not pretty but it’s almost 100-percent complete and it’s really not that rusty, the worst of it is on the driver-side rocker panel. Provided it’s in sound shape mechanically we don’t see why it couldn’t be driven around as-is, it’d make a perfect drive-as-you-fix project.

There are no registration stickers anywhere on the car so it’s hard to tell when it was last on the road but it has evidently been sitting for a while. What surprised us is that even after it had been in the yard for a few weeks it was still relatively complete – we’d assumed that 164 parts would be at least somewhat sought-after by enthusiasts.

As a side note, the metal light covers up front make fantastic beer coasters, though they’re admittedly better suited to pints than to bottles.


9 thoughts on “Rust in peace: Volvo 164 E

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  2. Sadly, it has few parts really worth salvaging.
    The rallye instrument cluster, if not too rusted would be a good candidate for salvage, as well as its voltage regulator. It was equipped with the horrible D-Jetronic system. The fuel pressure sensor and the control unit (under the passenger seat) might be worth saving, if still ok. The hood and trunk lid might be worth saving too, if not too corroded.
    By far, the most valuable part is the front body panel. That one part that includes the headlight surrounds, the holes where you snagged that “drink coaster” and the shape around the lower grille is made in one single complex metal stamping. It’s extremely complicated and the tools were scrapped years ago, which means this part can’t be found anymore. If you could remove it carefully, it might be worth more than the rest of the car.

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