Lookie here, I found one, a 1972 Volvo 1800ES which is the shooting brake (or sport wagon) version of the sexy P1800 and it’s later brethren (the immediate predecessor to this model) the 1800E. A collector in Roanoke, VA is offering this stunning example for $22,275.
As I mentioned in my 1964 P1800 post, one of my neighbors had a decrepit old Volvo 1800ES shooting brake in a horrible green color that the clearcoat had long worn off of. I’d ride my bike past it and admire the design and wonder why Volvo went with the box on box approach for so long, and why would they ever stop making these? As I also mentioned, I always liked the coupe better (I mean, Roger Moore drove one in The Saint), but for a more practical daily driver format, you can’t beat a, a uh mini-wagon, or is it an abbreviated estate, or is it a hatchback…? No matter what you call it, they’re really cool cars.
This example is reported to have had extensive refurbishment with new interior materials and it’s in classic car valuation terms, a #2 (excellent condition). Professionally repainted the original color in 2015, the color is described as “Gold Metallic” over a black interior. A very popular color of the time, I can recall my parents refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher in a very similar tone. Due to a failure of the odometer, it is unclear how many actual miles are on this Bosch fuel injected 130 HP B20 2.0 liter engine. Although it is at an indicated 36,999 miles, the car is thought to have less than 100,000 miles on it.
Also notable is the manual 4-speed transmission with electronic overdrive. The owner reports excellent body condition with any rust spots that had developed professionally repaired at the time of painting, and states that there are no known accidents.
An extensive and highly detailed explanation along with photos of the condition of the Body, Interior, Tires/Wheels, Engine bay and Transmission, Braking and Suspension, and Comfort/Convenience are available HERE on Craigslist. As much as I love talking, I think the owner really did a good job of detailing all of the important details, so I’m going to stop typing now.
Well not quite yet. I just wanted to finish up by saying that this is a really exemplary example of the model of which only 8,077 were manufactured in it’s 2-year production run between the years of 1972-1973. If I were in a position to purchase one of these, I’d probably consider this particular car. I can see the Analogwheels.com logo on that awesome flip up rear window in my mind.