Exceptionally Good: 1972 Volvo 1800ES Shooting Brake – SOLD!

Feb 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Volvo’s quirky early seventies wagon, the P1800ES, was mostly unloved when new however over the past few years a growing following is driving prices amazingly higher.  The latest example is this 1972 yellow over black leather, manual transmission example on Craigslist in East Hampton, Connecticut the seller wants $25,000 firm for.  A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller has their shooting brake priced between the #2 “Excellent’ appraisal of $39,800 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $21,100.  Blair photographed his Volvo around several other classic cars, so you’ll need to confirm whether those are part of his collection or if his car remains in winter storage currently.

Volvo originally developed the P1800 as a 2+2, front-engine, rear-drive touring car that lasted from its debut in 1961 through 1971.  Then in 1972, Volvo transformed the next generation into a stunning two-door wagon (known in Great Britain as a shooting brake), the P1800ES, that featured a frameless, all-glass tailgate.  Unfortunately, with stricter American safety and emissions standards looming for 1974, Volvo could not justify the considerable amount necessary to redesign the small-volume 1800 ES. Consequently, Volvo built only 8,077 examples of the ES during its short two-year production run.  At the time, the general public and motoring press alike mocked the 1800 ES design.  In Sweden, the P1800ES was nicknamed Fiskbilen, or “Fish Van” while Germans called the car Schneewittchensarg or “Snow White’s Coffin” because of the all-glass rear hatch. However, over time the styling came of age.

While the limited pictures do little to help show this P1800ES “Exceptional restored condition” at the same time, the broken and unrepaired odometer at 166K miles combined with the phrase “have A/C parts” rather than having a working system give us little to agree with the “Exceptional” assessment.  In the seller’s defense, they do have it priced closer to the #3 condition level to account for these flaws.  If you’ve been looking for a manual transmission P1800ES, you’ll likely have to wait before you come across a similar one in this kind of condition.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Exceptional Restored Condition
Engine Rebuilt
New Tires, Brakes
Have A/C parts
Unknown mileage broke @ 166,000
Exhaust like new
New fuel pump
25,000 firm”

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