The Volvo 145 station wagon was introduced in 1968 as part of Volvo’s 140 series cars which started out in 1966 as a replacement to the Volvo Amazon. The series of models in total consisted of the two-door sedan (142), four-door sedan (144) and the station wagon (145) variations.
Over the years of production, Volvo implemented various improvements to the mechanical aspects such as an enlarged engine displacement to the four-cylinder engine from 1.8 litres to 2.0 litres as well as replacing the generator to a more modern alternator in 1969. Both the 1.8- and 2.0-litre engines were offered in single- or dual-carburettor form, outputting from 75BHP in single-carburettor tune to 120BHP in high-compression tune.
The 145 was also introduced with a split rear side window which was functional, however Volvo redesigned it into a one-piece part in 1970, thereby making it unable to open. In that same year, Volvo also introduced a new flow-through ventilation system as well as electric-powered defrosting rear windows.
At the end of the production in 1974, Volvo had made under 300 000 145 station wagons.