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1973 Volvo P1800ES Wagon - Outstanding Original - Read description & see photos!

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  • Make: Volvo
  • Model: P1800ES
  • Type: Wagon
  • Year: 1973
  • Mileage: 113,250
  • VIN: 1836354004292
  • Color: Yellow
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Power options: Air Conditioning
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Carmel, Indiana, United States


1973 Volvo P1800ES 2 Door Wagon - VIN #1836354004292

I have owned this beautiful unrestored original 1973 Volvo P1800ES since early 2012, purchasing it directly from the original Swedish owner via a classic car dealer from Costa Mesa, California. The car has always been stored inside and has been very well maintained over its entire 44 year life. It is one of 8,000 ES models made during the 2 year only offering of the wagon or “shooting brake” body style, so it’s a bit unique and rare relative to production numbers. The ES had Italian design cues and the body was initially built by Jensen in Scotland, later moved to Volvo’s plant in Sweden (the S stands for Sweden and 1800 for the motor cc displacement). Starting in ’61 as a coupe, 1973 was the last year for the 1800 model and only the wagon was produced this final year. To me the body lines are sexy, inspiring, and the ultimate 2 door sport wagon – Volvo’s version of the Chevy Nomad. Made popular by Roger Moore in the series “The Saint,” the coupe has also had notoriety with a Guinness World Record of over 3 million miles.

My car has it all – 2 caring owners, full maintenance history, all original rust free body, the awesome yellow color and must have manual console mounted 4 speed with electronic overdrive and air conditioning. I had no interest in owning an automatic. Being from Southern California, the car is amazingly rust free. Some of the best body panels and undercarriage pans I've ever seen on a vintage Volvo, that are known to rust. In all the years I've owned it, it's only been out on nice days and I've put less than 2K miles on it, so it's come time to sell to someone who will use and enjoy it more than I have.

The car comes with extensive maintenance records dating back to '01, the majority performed by San Diego Volvo, Swedish of Santa Anna, and Volvos Only of Southern California. A rundown of the maintenance is included in one of the photos, and is also copied below. This brings the car current on maintenance except an oil change for the season. In the 15 years from '01 to '17, there has been $13K spent on the car including some major items noted. Right now the car needs nothing mechanically, just turn the key and enjoy it.

I have owned numerous classic and muscle cars over my adult life and this Volvo is the most dependable I've ever had! It never fails to fire up every time and has required the bare minimum from me regarding maintenance. It sits on a trickle charger in our heated garage in the winters and fires right up come springtime. I love the fact that it’s a Bosch fuel injected B20 versus having dual carburetors. It runs and drives beautifully. Most everything in the dashboard, including lights and gauges work, although the radio does not play music and the clock moves, but won't keep time. The AC blows ice cold and I had it converted to modern Freon last year. The interior is excellent including the correctly replaced front bucket seat covers - these are the most supple, padded leather seats I've ever sat in. The dash pads have a crack each and I've installed a cap on the top section and have the lower if you wish to install as well. Carpets, floor mats, door panels, rear seats, headliner, etc., all very nice original condition. There is one small tear on the inside trim panel next to right rear seat, but no fabric is missing, you barely notice it.

The car is bone stock with exception of wear items like tires being replaced and the previous owner added some nice beefy sway bars to the suspension. The car has manual steering so you get a great feel for the road and really handles great and hugs turns in our roundabouts, very fun to drive. The 4 wheel disc brakes work great including the manual emergency brake lever. The shifting and clutch are silky smooth; the engine develops great power and revs smoothly, the overdrive works perfectly including the green dash light when engaged. Exhaust sounds as it should and looks great with the factory tail pipes. Car is sitting on the factory styled wheels with correct center caps and trim rings, including the correct spare wheel/tire combo. The tire treads are low and could use replacing if you are going to drive it a lot.

The body of the car is simply amazing. Everywhere I've looked from day one until now, no rust. The floor pans, pans, luggage compartment panels, door seams, etc., all are beautiful. There is one small spot the size of an eraser head on the left quarter panel outer lip that has bubbled, but has not changed in shape or size in all the years I've owned it. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer, tighter, original body than this one. Car appears to have all original sheet metal, glass, and trim. Doors close tight as a drum, excellent panel fitment all around including glass hatch and hood. The yellow paint looks great, has a few flaws and blemishes, but is perfect for a driver that always turns heads. I've had this car is several local car shows, unrestored or survivor class, and it always shows well. I will include the judge’s sheets and comments which give it high marks for originality, the interior and overall detail. The paint is less shiny on the hood and tops of the front fenders, but still holds a nice shine. When I purchased it, the dealer indicated it had received one repaint in the past, but I don't have any invoices. The rest of the car is very shiny and presentable. Chrome is in great shape including the bumpers, trim pieces, exhaust tips, etc. Underneath the hood looks very nice and the spare tire well is clean enough to eat off of!

The maintenance folder pictured comes with the car including all maintenance records and invoices, the car show materials, the original CA title copy, original blue California license plate, original manual and 2 sets of original keys.

I know there are many details I'm missing here, so feel free to email and I will promptly respond.

I truly believe this to be one of the nicest unrestored P1800ES wagons in existence. You will be hard pressed to find another like it and they are only unrestored once! Prices are climbing on these cars with the $92K sale at Bonham’s auction last year, $80K sale at, and nicer examples trading hands in the $30-$40K range regularly. I feel my price is very fair and reflects the market, conservatively for this car.

Including the description above and the numerous photos, I believe the car has been described accurately. It is a vintage, used car, therefore being sold as-is without warranty of any kind, express, implied, or otherwise. Ask any and all questions before you commit to bid or buy the car. There are no refunds or returns for any reason. I will assist you with shipping or pick up, but any cost is solely on the buyer. I have clear Indiana title in hand and upon receipt of payment, I can release title and folder to the new owner.

Thanks in advance for your interest in this gorgeous, head turning classic Volvo!

1973 Volvo P1800 ES Maintenance History

Date Mileage Provider Description Cost

9/01 86,775 S Diego Volvo Repair A/C

2/02 Volvos Only Replace Oil Pressure hose & Dx $3361

Replace Fuel line, regulator, sensor

Tune up, oil change, injectors, plugs

Replace Brake Booster

Replace Computer, trans mount

Replace intake and exhaust gaskets

5/03 87,283 Volvos Only Replace throttle switch, trans solenoid $739

Replace oil send unit

10/03 88,012 Swedish Adjust valves, replace valve cover gaskets $307

Replace spark plugs, reset timing

11/03 89,271 Swedish Oil Change $30

12/03 89,505 Swedish Replace fuel filter $55

12/03 90,019 Swedish Replace calipers and rotors F&R; fluid $664

12/03 90,132 Swedish Replace Regulator & Alternator $382

1/04 91,178 Swedish Replace F&R sway bars, limiter straps $400

Customer supplied sway bars

1/04 92,291 Swedish Replace exhaust hangers, oil, trans fluid $197

2/04 South Bay F&R bumpers rechrome $400

3/04 93,603 Swedish Oil/Filter change, lube $39

7/04 95,785 Swedish Install exhaust system $232

Customer supplied exhaust system

9/04 96,178 Swedish EFI fuel pump, ignition cable, tune up $1,175

10/04 96,663 Swedish Radiator cap, thermostat, coolant $174

10/04 98,263 Swedish Fuel filter $24

5/06 100,339 Swedish Oil/filter change, lube $47

6/06 100,687 Swedish Replace 2 fan belts $146

2/07 102,672 Swedish Oil/filter change, lube $51

11/07 104,155 Swedish Oil/filter change, lube $89

11/07 104,397 Swedish Throttle cable $37

3/10 107,667 Swedish Oil and trans fluid change, adjust clutch $173

9/10 108,655 Swedish Replace steering coupler, F brake pads $555

10/10 108,773 Swedish Replace left tie rod end $135

10/10 108,923 Swedish Cap, rotor, points, condenser $495

Replace valve cover gaskets

Adjust valves, replace rear shocks

12/10 109,448 Swedish Replace R brake pads, coolant flush $424

Replace headlamps, oil/filter change

12/10 Swedish Replace front shocks $175

3/12 111,829 Swedish Replace fuel pump, filter rubber cushions $314

Customer supplied fuel pump

3/12 111,883 Swedish Replace intake & exhaust gaskets $1,073

Rebuild distributor, water sensor

Plugs, points, cap, rotor

1/11 AAS Battery $125

Dashtop Dash pads – upper and lower

8/12 112,317 Millers Oil/filter, lube $29

9/13 112,875 Millers Heater core rebuild, tie rod end replacement $814

cooling system flush

5/15 113,324 Me Oil change 4 Q Castrol 20w50 filter $31

8/16 113,569 Millers AC system conversion $188