Saturday, April 27, 2013

10k Seller Submission: Vintage Burgundy: 1966 Volvo 1800S

Another day, another clean Volvo 1800 on the Daily Turismo, and we are going to keep saying these cars are good deals until they cost more than 911s and then we will switch to Yugos or something else affordable.  Find this 1966 Volvo 1800S currently bidding at $8,100 in Mission Hills, CA from DT regular Oprah85 via ebay.

This 1800S looks to be an older restoration, but it looks like a great daily driver in the photos.  It isn't perfect and won't command a Jay Leno price, so we think think this car would be perfect for the weekend car nut on a budget.

The 1.8 liter inline-4 cylinder engine under the hood produces 100 horsepower and is in good condition according to the seller.  It has had some new parts installed recently including a new battery, radiator hoses, thermostat and other basic tune up stuff and reads over 150 psi on a compression test in all four cylinders. 

A peek inside confirms that this isn't a slushbox equipped 1800 and it does have the optional M41 4 speed transmission with electric overdrive that is in good working order.  The interior isn't perfect, but it will do.

The final bid on this car will be a good indication of the current market for a medium condition 1800S - not a perfect car, but not some wreck. 

Have your own car for submission? send us an email - we won't bite!


  1. ~ some Volvo fans may not appreciate the cloth upholstery but it is one of the best features of this 1800. high quality material, excellent installation work, done in original pattern. i'd like to see a shot of the driver's seat, though.
    good find, Oprah. buyer should be very happy.

  2. Thanks Scot,the advantage of cloth material is you wont sweat your #$%@ in summer and it wont be cold in winter.

  3. Having owned a '73 1800ES and now a '70 911T, I'd say you are correct in placing the 1800 midway between a Yugo and a 911.

  4. Well, this^^ is pretty damn funny.

    Sporty they are not, the ES. I think they come from an age when the term "European sports car" merely meant that it was small and mildly uncomfortable to drive.

    1. ...and, that you had a 50/50 chance of making it to your destination without having to use the OEM supplied tool kit in the trunk or burning your right foot on the transmission tunnel.


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