(Featured on 29th March 2013)
Sellers original description:
A luxurious Volvo 164 in immaculate condition and only three owners from new.
Quartz-halogen headlights, anti-intrusion reinforced doors, manual steel sunroof, hazard warning lights, Volvo mud-flaps, chrome wing mirrors, tinted glass, rheostat-controlled instrument lighting, ribbon-type speedometer, seat belt warning light, electric clock, heated rear window, cigarette lighter, illuminated glove-box, seat storage pockets, rear armrest, driver/passenger lumbar support, rear child locks, lights in boot and engine compartment, locking fuel cap.
This Volvo 164 is a show piece finished in Gold Metallic, (Code 105). An all-over mirror shine makes ownership a proud experience due to a four figure ‘trim off’ repaint commissioned by the previous fastidious owner. Factory correct in every respect the exterior trim, badging and chrome is near perfect with only a few stone chips to the tips of the rear bumper. The original front screen has a few minor markings. No age related dings or scuffs. The original Volvo dealer supplied black pressed aluminium plates are still fitted. Incredible.
The interior of this Volvo 164 is outstanding and factory correct in every respect. Specified in matching and genuine Gold Metallic Leather, (Code 954-804), this executive environment is truly wonderful. All the leather door cards, trim, roof lining and carpeting are clean and free from damage. The seats have some age related creases. All the switch gear, gauges and electrical items function with precision, however, the radio has no power. The boot area is pristine and still has the original spare tyre, tools and protective lining. A true Swedish Rolls Royce.
Engine & Transmission:
The B30A six cylinder in-line unit gives an output of 145bhp and is whisper quiet thanks in part to a seven-bearing crankshaft. It has twin horizontal carburettors offering good acceleration and locomotive pulling power. Impeccably maintained with a detailed engine bay to continue the ‘wow’ factor. A fully automatic transmission with P R N D 2 1 selection with part-throttle change-down is very smooth. The selector has a lighted indication of the gear selected. A wonderful combination.
Wheels, Tyres & Brakes:
Original and pristine 15” steel wheels with mirror finish Volvo hubcaps and embellishers adorn all four wheels. Correct Michelin ZX 165 HR15 tyres are fitted with little wear. Disc brakes all round on a ‘Triangle’ split dual-circuit brake system ensure positive stopping power for such a substantial vehicle.
Supplied new on the 1st September 1972 to a Mr Langley it remained in his care until April 1989 when the second long-term custodian, Mr Bailey took ownership. A truly fanatical Volvo 164 enthusiast, Mr Bailey owned two identical, pristine examples and we have had the honour in handling the sale of both these time warp cars. The third and final owner, Mr Sutton, took ownership in June 2011 and is only selling due to purchasing Mr Bailey’s later Volvo 164E. An incredible history filed in chronological order leaves no doubt how cherished this example is. Various press cuttings, period road tests, brochures, photos all enhance the ownership experience.
A car for the true and most discerning Volvo enthusiast.