1972 Volvo Wagon P1800ES: Parts or Project?

According to the Volvo records, production of the 1800ES was just 3,069 units in 1972. The combination of durability and rarity has helped the ES sport wagon to become a rather collectible Swede. This one can be had for $1,150 or less. It is listed here on craigslist in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Inexpensive Barn Find: 1971 Saab Sonett Project

This barn find 1971 Saab Sonett has a lot of needs, particularly an engine, transmission, and rear window (although it looks like the seller is selling the rear window as well in another auction). On the other hand, the exterior panels are fiberglass, and it’s in Camarillo, California, so the floor pan might just be solid. The car is for sale here on eBay, with an opening bid of only $250 and no reserve. It’s also sitting next to another Sonett in the pictures, so I have hopes that it’s being sold by an enthusiast. Do our Saab experts know if the mechanical components from another Saab would work? I’m just wondering what a 900 Turbo drivetrain would do in this sports car body, since it’s not original anyway? Let us know how you’d get this car back on the road in the comments!

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1961 Saab 96: The Corn Popper Project

Who can forget the distinctive sound of the Saab 96? It’s often called the “corn popper” with its two stroke engine. Saab built the 96 for 20 years, from 1960 until 1980. Until 1966, the engine was a 3 cylinder 2 stroke with 38 HP. The 2 stroke engine was replaced by a 4 stroke, 4 cylinder Ford engine. In the early 2 stroke version, oil had to be added to the gasoline like a chainsaw. The clutch was freewheeling, so downshifting did not slow your Saab. If the engine was revved with the throttle closed there was not enough lubrication and would self destruct, hence the freewheeling design. The suspension was advanced for the time and they did very well in rallies. The Saab 96 even holds the land speed record for it’s class, 750cc stock body cars, set just a few years ago at over 110 mph. A red example recently sold on eBay for $2,900, making this green (and primer) one listed on craigslist in Fresno, CA for $800 seem like a steal! It runs and drives with a bit of rust and needs paint. Wouldn’t it be a fun driver?

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1984 Saab 900: No Winters

There are two things common to New England: Saabs and rust. For whatever reason, the Yankee culture finds Saabs and Volvos quite endearing, so it’s not uncommon to find elderly versions of both marques still roaming around. However, the salt we lather on our roads from November until April doesn’t do anything for their life expectancy, which is why this 1984 Saab 900 here on craigslist in Maine is a breath of fresh air. In one of the photos, you can see clearly that the car wears Arizona license plates, so my guess is it was bought there and shipped, or the seller winters in the dry and sunny western state (not surprising considering how much lower the taxes are compared to the northeast). The car sports a mere 63,000 miles, so it’s had an easy life – though the automatic is a downer, it likely indicates many years of relaxed cruising. Hopefully, it’s never exposed to a single New England winter. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Olaf E. for the find.

Wants It Gone: SAAB 95 Wagon

UPDATE: The SAAB has sold!

From Wayne M. – This is a late 60’s 95 Saab station wagon. I came across it in Bluff, Utah a couple of days ago. The owner is very motivated and “wants it off her property” ASAP or it’s going to the crusher next week. No title; bill of sale. Asking $900.00 which is in line with the book price. Appears as 99% complete and is said the have run in the last 2 or 3 years. Books and parts in the car; no obscene rust could be seen, but… cute as a bug, don’t let this go to the crusher. This is owned by the daughter of the man who had it and worked on it over the last few years. She indicates some electrical issues have kept it off the street. You can contact me by email for the owner’s info.

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Rusty But Running: 1971 Volvo 1800E

Thanks go to Barn Finds reader Matt K. for this find! This 1971 Volvo 1800E is said to run, but that it needs a lot of work. I’d have to agree with the needs a lot of work part! It’s in Boyertown, Pennsylvania and is up for sale here on eBay where the buy-it-now is $1,995 but you can offer less. We don’t know much more about this one except what shows up in the pictures–or really, what doesn’t show up. There’s a lot of metal that should be there that isn’t. Maybe this one is better off as a parts donor to a solid 1800? The car seems very straight and shows no accident damage that I can see, just rust. Lots of rust. Anyone got a solid 1800 body out there looking for a drivetrain transplant? Or are you looking for a project to showcase your welding ability?Read More »

Amazon Near DC: 1968 Volvo 122S for $800

This relatively solid and rare Volvo 122S find was sent in by Barn Finds reader Olaf E. It’s located in Deale, Maryland and has the same seller as a group of MGB’s featured here. The car is advertised here on craigslist for $800. I’ve never even driven one of these, although I’ve found them attractive and have heard good things about the experience. This one comes with a lot of spare parts, including the two sets of carburetors on the roof and another set in the trunk. As the seller states, “if it doesn’t fit on my 544 you can have it with the car.” There are two new fiberglass fenders to take care of the rust there, and looking over the rest of the car it doesn’t seem to bad. The seller says the worst rust is in the driver’s door, the left front floor, under the tail lights and the spare tire well. The engine turns over but the seller hasn’t tried to start it. As the seller says, “E-mails asking ONLY if the car is still available will be laughed at, reasonable offers will be considered, reasonable offers made while standing next to the car with cash in hand will be accepted.” How much cash would you offer, and would you make it sound and drive as-is, or refurbish this Swede?Read More »

15 Foreign Cars In New Hampshire, No Reserves, More To Come

Wow! Thanks to reader Victor MB, who sent in the gold Fiat above that led us to the rest of these great finds. We don’t know a lot about them, other than this comment by the seller: “We have been commissioned by the Neily Estate of Wakefield NH. 03872 to liquidate 70 plus vintage foreign cars for parts or restoration on Ebay. We will be listing them over the next few weeks.” None of the cars have titles, and apparently the estate just wants them gone–almost no information is given about any of the cars, although there are detailed pictures included with the auctions. There are some great finds in the pictures that aren’t currently up for auction, so you may want to revisit this link in the next couple of weeks.  All cars have no reserve and are at less than $1,000 except for the Lotus as I write this. You can find the links to what’s currently up for auction below, in order of the pictures above!

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A Saab Story: 1971 Saab 95 Wagon

This Saab wagon comes with an interesting story from the seller. It’s for sale in San Jose, California and is featured here on eBay where the opening bid is $250 but there’s a reserve. The seller details purchasing the car with the intent to use it as a daily driver, doing some work on it, and only then discovering that their 6′ 4″ frame didn’t really fit. They have replaced it with another car and are now selling the Saab to make room for the new vehicle. The very limited surface rust seen on the under car shots bears witness to the nice climate this car must have lived in. The seller has rebuilt the downdraft carburetor, tuned the car, and done some interior refurbishment.Read More »

14 Cars Under $5k – Which Would You Pick?

Reader Robert R. sent in 14 finds under $5,000 from Hemmings Motor News with a challenge: which one would we pick? So we’re asking you–which one would YOU pick?

  • 1964 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, stored since 1989, needs motor and transmission, link here, located in Waverly, Minnesota, $3,500 negotiable.
  • 1965 Cushman Super Eagle scooter, survivor, 9,100 miles, runs and drives excellent, new parts, link here, located in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, $3,600.
  • 1964 Dodge Dart GT convertible, 5oth Anniversary model, 20-year owner, mostly original paint, link here, located in Oakland, California, $4,500.
  • 1963 Ford Falcon Futura, 87k miles on original running gear, runs and drives, needs paint and parking brake, link here, located in Kent, Washington, $3,800 obo.
  • 1968 Fiat 850 Spider, complete except soft top and frame, not running in over 15+ years, rusted floorboards, link here, located in Montgomery City, Missouri, $4,575 firm.
  • 1978 Pontiac Firebird Esprit, stored for 19 years, some rust, second owner, ~156k miles, factory 8-track (!), link here, located in West Central, Indiana, $1,900 firm.
  • 1961 Ford Galaxie, was a daily driver until new radiator started to leak, lots of work done, a/c (non-working), link here, located in Houston, Texas, $4,000 negotiable.
  • 1963 King Midget Series III Convertible, low mileage mostly original car, one repaint, re-powered with 16 hp engine, link here, located in Kearney, Missouri, $4,500 negotiable.
  • 1969 Saab Sonnett II, non-running V-4 that turns freely, fiberglass mostly good, floor pan and rocker rusted out, link here, located in Slatersville, Rhode Island, $2,800 firm.
  • 1952 Studebaker 2R 05 pickup, relatively solid metal, some rust on driver’s floor, half ton short box model, link here, located in Ottertail, Minnesota, $3,950 obo.
  • 1965 Triumph TR4, rust in rockers and lower fenders, engine apart, stored in garage for over 30 years, link here, located in Sunderland, Vermont, $4,000 negotiable.
  • 1969 Chrysler 300, one owner, stored in carport for over 34 years, 440 V-8 turns over, some rust, link here, located in Burien, Washington, $2,750.
  • 1973 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Deluxe, 44k original miles, original paint, no significant rust, needs tuneup, lots of history, link here, located in Brooklyn, New York, $3,500
  • 1966 Volvo P1800S, stored for 8 years after significant work done and new parts installed, needs completion, link here, located in Collingswood, New Jersey, $4,999 negotiable.

So which one would you choose? I’m leaning towards the Vista Cruiser, but I can’t help thinking about the 300. And you could always combine two of the lower-priced cars, such as the 300 and the Esprit. I just can’t decide! I’m looking forward to what you folks have to say below.

Rally Aspirations: 1967 Volvo 123GT

Part of me still wants another Amazon. I love everything about them. Well, except for that rear tapered axle! They are simple, rugged, and good looking. A ’69 may be the best year to get with their larger engines, dual circuit brakes, and headrests, but the 123GT is the most collectible variant of the car. It was outfitted with the higher compression B18 from the 1800 and featured lots of rally inspired touches such as driving lamps, dash mounted tach, and a sport steering wheel! This one found here on eBay is tempting, but it is going to need a lot of work before it’s going to see any hard driving. It’s also located in Canada – which isn’t a surprise because there were a lot more of these sold up there. Still, if bidding doesn’t get much higher, this could be a great project. Dang, maybe I should have kept our 122 project after all… Thanks goes to Charles H. for the tip!

1973 Volvo 1800ES: Kicked Outside

Much like the displaced Mercedes-Benz 450SL entry from earlier this week, this once-cherished 1973 Volvo 1800ES on eBay found itself outside after the owners couldn’t keep it running. A sad tale, because the seller’s mention of how much the car was loved before it got the boot seems to be validated by the condition of the interior. And, the car comes with service records going back to the original owner! It had been garaged all of its life up until 5 years ago when it got parked outside in eastern Washington State. This Volvo – a model that is steadily increasing in value – should be brought back to life before it’s too late and that surface rust becomes something more terminal. With no reserve and an opening bid of $600, this could be a great project to pick-up if the current owner’s story checks out.

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