Original car with original 4-cylinder engine and manual 4-speed transmission with overdrive and 106,391 miles on the odometer. This is the last year of the Volvo 1800. The car was manufactured in Sweden in September 1971 as a US export model. The car original Volvo fuel injected 2.0 liter B20 F engine making 130hp from the factory. The car has its original Cypress Green color that was only offered for 1972 for the Volvo 1800E. The car starts, driver and stop and can be enjoyed as is or restored.
Odometer: 106,391 miles
Car Number: 37970
Engine: 4-cyl. 1986cc/130hp EFI, B20 F
Transmission: 4-speed manual with overdrive
Color code: 110 (Cypress green)
Production date: September 1971
History of the 1961-1973 Volvo P1800/1800S/1800E/1800ES:
Volvo was best known for making sturdy but somewhat stodgy sedans in the mold of the PV544 and the 122 Amazon. In the 1950s, Volvo flirted with a sports car with the fiberglass P1900, but quality was miserable as were the driving dynamics of the car. Volvo took another stab at a sporty car with the P1800 in 1961.
Design of the car was until very recently attributed to Frua of Italy, but in reality, it was a family affair, done primarily by a then-young Pelle Pettersen the son of 544 designer Helmer Pettersen. The car at least looked Italian, very much a product of the 1950s rather than the 1960s with neat tail fins and a short greenhouse with a tall beltline. Early cars were assembled by Jensen in West Bromwich, England.
Quality of the Jensen-built cars was, however, not up to Volvo’s standards (and the cars were notoriously rust-prone) so production was shifted to Volvo’s Gothenburg plant in Sweden in 1963 and the model name transitioned from P1800 to 1800S. A few years later, in 1969, the original 1.8-liter B18 engine was replaced with the 2.0-liter B20 for an added 18 hp. Both engines came with dual, English-made SU carburetors. In 1970, the 1800E came with a host of changes including a new instrument panel.
The last major variant was the 1800ES, a two-door wagon with a glass tailgate. Nearly as lovely as the coupe, it remains one of the most successful variations on the sports wagon theme.
Today, parts support for the 1800 remains good, and several specialists are available to take good care of owners.
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