This one is a smooth-top (no roofrack) model which makes for clean uncluttered lines. The light metallic blue is not our first choice for exterior color but it's not a bad one either. Perhaps the paint is original, and if so it could potentially be preserved with some rubbing compound, elbow grease, and wax. If the surface rust is minor it could be spot-treated and the missing paint touched up - which is perfectly acceptable for a driver. And that's exactly what we'd do with a nice 1800ES...preserve it, drive it, and enjoy life without worrying about minor chips.
Judging by the way the lush Oregonian grass has been mowed around the car but not under it, we'd wager that this is not driven much by the current owner. If it gets started regularly and driven occasionally it would be far preferable than the alternative - the ever romanticized "barn find." If this car hasn't moved in a few years, expect the punch list to be a lot longer and the brakes, fuel system and electricals to need a thorough inspection and refresh.
The black & blue interior certainly looks like it's been kept up nicely however. The cracked dash is normal for any 1800 and can be replaced with new for about $800 or repaired with plastic caps for under $200 (both are available from ipd). There seems to be no evidence of mice droppings in here, and no evidence that nutria have been building habitats either which is just as well; we'd rather not have giant bemoustached 20-pound rats making burrows in our vintage Volvos. We would prefer no nutria here, thanks.
The fuel injected B20E looks like it should start right up - no rat's nests, no major parts look to be missing, and we wonder if that battery holds a charge. This car has a gargantuan York air conditioning compressor underhood as well, and the evaporator unit appears to be complete under the dash - so someone in a hotter climate than the Pacific Northwest might go out of their way to snag this one for the extra comfort factor of AC. Without talking to the owner we have to speculate on the history and roadworthiness of this little
beach coast wagon but at just $6500 OBO we can't imagine it will last long if it runs as good as it looks.
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