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Garaged Since 1997: 1968 Volvo 1800S

The seller of this 1968 Volvo 1800S says this car has been off the road since 1997. That’s a claim I can believe looking at the pictures! It’s listed for sale here on Facebook Marketplace with an asking price of $5,000. The garage and car are located in Barnesville, PA. I wish there were better pictures to show you; the seller implied they may post more but I’ll do what I can to describe what we can see.

If you aren’t familiar with the Volvo 1800 series, it was the Swedish company’s attempt to build a sleek sports car based on their Amazon series’ underpinnings. By most accounts they were very successful, although like most Volvos there is some quirkiness involved along with the rock-solid reliability we expect. We can’t tell very much about this car at all from the pictures, although it is considerably less rusty than most that we have posted about. I’m hoping that it didn’t spend too much time on the salted winter Pennsylvania roads.

As you can see from this rather fanciful shot from a 60’s Volvo 1800S brochure, the lines of the coupe are quite distinctive. And, as Volvo themselves said in a 1968 brochure:

…the Volvo 1800S is either the world’s prettiest, fastest truck or the world’s toughest, most reliable sports car.   We’ll be happy to sell you either one.

Our friends over at Hagerty show that the best 1800S cars are increasing steadily in value, but even the not-so-good ones generally change hands for more than the seller is asking for this car. Now, those cars are just that — cars — that are running. So bear that in mind when you look over this garage find. If you want to delve further into owning an 1800, check out this article as well.

The windshield stickers bear out the 1997 claim, and I’ve included the Type number plate here in case you are interested in further research. This is one of those garage finds that might be great — or it might be a disaster — and the only way to find out is to look in person. If any of you decide to do that, please post here and let us know what you find!

Comments

  1. Capt RD

    I owned an 1800S for years – great touring car – not quick but a highway cruiser with good storage for a 2 seater. always gets a thumbs up on the road.
    RUST is the real defining issue for this model – an in person look is the only way to find out – they will bring a good price restored – bring smiles and miles once they are sorted out. The Hagerty “Concourse #1” prices are for extremely rare examples.
    @$5K this will not last the day if the body is solid.

  2. OIL SLICK

    The guy sent me pics, RUSTY.

    Like 2
    • Jamie Palmer jamie Staff

      Thanks for the info, Oil Slick, although I’m sorry to hear that :-(

      Like 1

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