The Volvo 164 is a luxury automobile, based on the 140 series. A large, stately automobile. A car with an almost British-chic looking nose. With a large 3 liter engine (which later received injection). The Volvo 164 was sold between 1969 and 1975. And is much less loved than the older Amazons and the younger 470s. Maybe it depends on the type designation. Alfa Romeo's 164 also deserved more success.
Could have been even bigger
The Volvo 164 was signed by Jan Wilsgaard, and was based on the P358 concept car that he had devised in the 50 years. That P358 had an 3,6 liter V8 engine, independent front suspension and disc brakes all around. Volvo wanted to compete against it on the American market against Mercedes-Benz. Because the demand for a V8 did not seem large enough, this version was not put into production.
But in 1968 his successor or evolution model was presented: the 164. The engine got two cylinders less and the bodywork was 'photoshopped'. The 164 is clearly an almost image of the 140 series. The biggest difference is in the nose and the engine. From 1968 to 1971, the cars are equipped with a six-cylinder B30A engine. This one has Zenith Stromberg 175CD2SE carburetors. From 1971 the electronic injection came from Bosch.
A bit of history
The Americans wash their ears with a V8 and wipe Mercedes-Benz off the map was not. But also with the three-liter six-in-line, the Volvo 164 was a stately, chic automobile from the clearly higher segment.
1969 was the first year that the Volvo 164 was produced. The basis for the design was the 144, but with a characteristic = chic nose. That 'nose job' was also needed to make room for the six-cylinder B30A push rods in-line engine (which was based on the four-cylinder blocks). The transmission was enhanced compared to the 144 and the interior was clearly more luxurious than the 144. In 1972 the 164 got another block: the B30E / F. And injection was optional. With such an 175 horsepower and an impressive couple, those Volvo cars were 'muscle cars' even in American eyes. The front discs were ventilated from that moment, a not bad idea with such a lump of iron under the hood. 1973 Was the year of a major (visual) update. In 1974, the large Volvo became even safer in the passive area. In 1975 you could already see that the 200 series was coming. All in all, such an 150.000 Volvo six-speed have been made.
A daily driver
Our photo model - it is not overflowing with 164s in the Netherlands - we found at Wim Bottinga, the classic Volvo specialist from Barneveld. Wim is a Volvopassionado who has enthusiasts with top restored 164s in his clientele. But the white 164 with leather trim that he currently has is not a showpiece. It is an LPG and petrol-powered model that is simply suitable for everyday use. The price of this 164 with patina is a good indication of the price of a normal honest copy: Wim asks for € 3.999 for it. And that is much less than the value of the car he is currently restoring. But we will come back to that. When that is done uniquely.