1972 Volvo P1800 ES: Accessible Example

1972 Volvo P1800ES

Not too long ago, a 1973 Volvo P1800ES smashed every auction record by selling for over $90,000. That’s pretty amazing for a utilitarian hauler that while attractive, has never been known for its collectability. Fortunately, you can still find cheap projects like this 1972 example here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $2,650. It may have a few issues, like a ratty interior and being in need of a deep fuel system cleaning, but the seller claims it runs and has only 67,000 miles. In Volvo-speak, that’s barely broken in! While the rust is said to be minimal, I’d still want to know a bit more about any problem spots. For the price, however, I can’t really see going too far wrong with this example – do any of our Volvo experts feel it’s still too expensive as-is, or is this a deal?

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  1. skloon

    Minimal rust ? okay Ill bite, if I remember these are as bad as Karman Ghia’s as all the seams are lead filled and the replacement panels vague fits at the best of times

  2. Quay

    This car is right near me. As a Volvo lover I was highly tempted. I actually saw it a few days ago. The owner has several classic Volvo’s. I these are very cool cars but there are better deals out there on them.

  3. jim s

    the seller is into volvos judging by the photos and ebay name. i think that this will turn out to be a parts car and the seller knows that. not sure if there are enough parts to cover the asking price. interesting find.

  4. Rex Kahrs Member

    There probably is only one person in the world foolish enough to pay 90K for an 1800ES, and that person already has one (if he didn’t lose it in the subsequent divorce).

    I suspect this car is mostly rust and bondo, judging from the photos. It’s a $750 parts car.

  5. RickyM

    I like the 240 estate in the background. Very clean and nice colour.

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