We 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.