Description by seller:
It all began in London on a cold rainy day fifty years ago when, after having already seen and decided to buy a VW Variant, we passed the Volvo showroom – and there was the gleaming cream 145 station wagon. It was love at first sight... and that was how it all began.
Buying a car is like a marriage (with all that that implies) and marriage with our Volvo never let us down, despite our challenging it. When we got back to Cape Town, another happy affair began with Willi Frichi in Milnerton, an international expert on old Volvos (with no time for Chinese parts) who wound up caring for her for forty-odd years. He is a great character – now also pretty senior – and only looks after old clients.
Saying farewell to an old friend like her is emotionally challenging, but the time has come. She has been an integral part of our family life in every way, from towing our inflatable to Knysna to many a crawfishing expedition. To her new owner: you will love this marvellous lady who has more than fulfilled the claims made for Volvo made in the old days. The engine and gear box are all original and she starts first kick, but like with all marriages after fifty years, there is a touch of rust.
I bid her a sad farewell.
This charming Volvo 145 is available to view in Cape Town by appointment.
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