Classifind Cut 28: 1972 Volvo 1800ES – Sold?

Oct 2020 | Classifind Cut, Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

December 1st, 2020 Update – We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this ride expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold.  This one may have 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.

When Volvo launched their P1800ES two-door wagon in 1972, Swedish critics nicknamed it Fiskbilen, or “Fish Van” while the Germans called the car Schneewittchensarg or “Snow White’s Coffin” because of the all-glass rear hatch. However, over time the styling has come of age, and with only just over 8,000 made during its short two-year production run these are sights to see for sale.  That’s why we didn’t waste any time featuring this Sun Yellow-over-black leather example originally listed in October 2020 on Craigslist in Algonquin, Illinois (Chicago) with an asking price of $25,000.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“One of only 8077 made in 1972 and 1973. 75,871 miles shown and based on the overall condition that may well be correct. Very original and very well preserved. Extremely solid and NEVER rusted, the car came to Illinois from California in 2009. All ORIGINAL paint other than the left rear quarter which shows some signs of paintwork. Engine fully rebuilt at 55,000 miles in 2011. Cam was worn and the previous owner elected a full rebuild, documented with a cost of $5600. Current compression test 165/165/170/160. IPD sway bars and Bilstein shocks. Beautiful wood steering wheel. Upgraded ice-cold 36° rotary air conditioning. Hella lights. Superlite wheels. Hushmat sound insulation. Alpine CD iPod satellite AM/FM with an auxiliary cord. Eclipse speakers front and rear. Fuel pump new in 2016. Alternator new in 2014. Gas tank rebuilt 2014. Radiator recored in 2011. Per Tronics ignition. K&N air filter. The car is sun yellow with a black leather interior. There are some very slight dings and touchups but as the pictures show it still presents extremely well. Very realistically priced. Hagerty value says $35,000 for excellent condition and this one is close to excellent.

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