A Bench Seat In A Volvo 144? Only The Swedes Get To Snuggle Up?

Volvo 144 Bench Seat

This picture jolted me when I stumbled on it, and not just because of the occupant of this 144 sedan. I’d never seen or heard of a bench seat in a 144. Certainly it wasn’t available in the US, and I’m 99% certain not in other export markets like Germany. So I’m guessing it was strictly a home-market option. Somewhat oddly, there’s no evidence of a middle seat belt. And presumably, this is an automatic, because if someone tells me that Volvo also offered a column shift for their manual transmission, I’m really going to be flustered.