One in all my all-time favourite traditional European GT vehicles is the Volvo 1800. I owned an 1800S and restored it, drove it on two cross-country journeys and two vintage-car rallies, and beloved the automobile the entire time.
A serious motive for my shopping for the Volvo was that Roger Moore drove one in his British-adventure TV present, The Saint. Mine was the identical shade scheme, and I even had the chance to indicate my automobile to Moore at his final e book tour in New York earlier than he handed.
The Choose of the Day is certainly one of these fashionable vehicles, a 1966 Volvo 1800S, very like The Saint automobile in that it’s completed in White/Ivory with black leather-based seats and pink carpets.
The Atlanta, Georgia, seller promoting the Volvo on ClassicCars.com, states that it has been within the palms of the present proprietor since 1983. The coupe just lately obtained new paint within the right Volvo white shade and has simply been moist sanded and buffed.
This 1800S is claimed to have been restored a couple of years in the past however sat for a bit afterwards. The Volvo now has an electrical power-steering system, new energy entrance disc brakes and new rear drums. It additionally has obtained a brand new ignition system, recent skilled tune up and a brand new gasoline tank.
Having restored certainly one of these, I do know there are some things to search for. The primary is rust. The vendor has kindly supplied good photos of each the highest and the underside of this Volvo. What I see is what seems to be a pleasant rust-free chassis, with the all-important chassis outriggers not rusty or smashed. As well as, the physique nonetheless has all its seams in place, displaying me that whoever painted it doubtless knew what they have been doing, as these seams are sometimes lined incorrectly with physique filler.
The Volvo 1800 collection vehicles supply a
distinctive European GT automobile with styling penned by Pelle Petterson whereas he
labored at Frua, mixed with spirited interval efficiency by extraordinarily dependable
mechanicals. All of those U.S.-delivered 1800S coups featured a 4-speed guide
gearbox with overdrive, which makes for relaxed freeway driving.
The costs for good 1800-series Volvos have been on the rise, and this automobile with an asking value of $28,950 seems to be a probably sturdy purchase. Change the wheels out for some Minilites and you’ve got the spitting picture of Simon Templar’s experience.
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