Collectible Classic: 1961-1973 Volvo 1800

Michael Alan Ross

THE SPECS
ENGINEs

1.8-liter OHV I-4, 100-115 hp, 108-112 lb-ft
2.0-liter OHV I-4, 118-130 hp, 123-130 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS
4-speed manual with electric overdrive
3-speed automatic
DRIVE
Rear-wheel
SUSPENSION, FRONT
Control arms, coil springs
SUSPENSION, REAR
Live axle, coil springs
BRAKES F/R
Discs/drums or discs/discs
WEIGHT
2500 lb (est.)

THE INFO
YEARS PRODUCED

1961-1972 (P1800/1800S/1800E), 1972-1973 (1800ES)
NUMBER PRODUCED
39,414 coupes and 8077 wagons
ORIGINAL PRICE
$4840 (1971 coupe)
VALUE TODAY
$5000-$20,000 (wagons carry a slight premium over coupes)
WHY BUY?
Buyers of a certain age will remember the dashing coupe from The Saint, while others will simply appreciate the car's enduring style. The 1800 is a relatively inexpensive example of a European GT, and reproduction parts (including sheetmetal) are readily available. The early, British-built cars suffered from poor assembly and paint quality, but the Swedish cars are better and the components are robust -- even the rustproofing is better than most of its contemporaries. More performance is available to those who are unafraid of sacrificing originality for aftermarket tuning.

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