When further development of the Volvo Amazon stopped and the car began to lose its competitive position, Volvo released in 1966, the 140 series.
This car was featured with disc brakes, a collapsible steering column and an improved buckle on the belt.
The body of the Volvo 144 had front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones.
The sedan was soon named Car of the Year in Sweden.
The body was simpler, but offered more space and even a bigger trunk.
On the export markets the 144 (and its sister car, the station wagon 145) were successful. The car had met a new set of safety standards in the United States,
even though they were released later. In 1975, the Swedish Automobile Association issued Volvo a gold medal, for safety devices in the scope of lighting and brakes.
As possible with previous models, the client could now again choose from two variants with one or two carburetors.
Later the GL version featured a fuel injection engine with 124 horsepower and a more luxurious interior.
Optically the model hardly changed over the years. The body, with a different front, was also used for the Volvo 164 (with 6-cylinder engine).
The 140 Series consisted of three types and three versions:
• 142 (two-door) Basis, DL and GL
• 144 (4-door) Base, DL and GL
• 145 (5-door station wagon) Base, DL and GL 145 was also delivered as Express, a basic version with high roof, intended as a vehicle for (small) entrepreneurs. This
was the replacement for the Duett and Amazon Kombi.
• 162 (2-door, delivered primarily as Bertone version)
• 164 (4-door)
• 165 (not supplied in the Netherlands)
The series was succeeded in 1974 by the Volvo 200 series.