Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Some Assembly Required: 1968 Volvo 1800S

The Volvo P1800/1800S/1800E/1800ES is a regular offender on these pages -- why, you ask?  Simply put, it offers a combination of good looks, acceptable performance, and reliability for a low entry price.  It isn't the only option in town for a budget classic, but it makes a bunch of sense when you compare to some of the other overpriced European cars on the market.  Find this 1968 Volvo 1800S here on eBay bidding for $1,613 with 1 day to go, located in Renton, WA.
If you think this car is going to be a quick wash 'n' flip, you'll need to think again.  However, if you are the kind of guy who enjoys mechanical work but abhors the idea of paint/body work, it might make some fiscal sense.  This would make the perfect 2-car garage project for a father/son team with simple hand tools and a few years of spare time.


If the body/paint is good (and that is indeed a big if), this could be well purchased at the sub $2k bidding right now.  The biggest question from this adult jigsaw puzzle is: is anything missing?  Glass, rubber, interior, wiring, and trim all need to re-installed, and if anything is missing you might need to open your pocketbook. 


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8 comments:

  1. When I look at that rats nest of wiring:
    http://giphy.com/gifs/pink-panther-eye-twitch-inspector-dreyfus-3o85xpzBOTKGqGCh8s

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    1. You know, with a wiring diagram and an afternoon or two, it really shouldn't be that bad to get re-wired (assuming you're not color-blind).

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  2. The person who steals this at even double or triple the price is getting a deal, providing the work is done to a high standard.

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  3. It's not just what's missing, it's what's broken, or needs repair. However, if the body work is decent, I'd take it on.

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  4. No indication of engine status, though... other than it's sitting in the engine bay.

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  5. This is a big project, but not a hard one. Every part us available and the only problem they really had was rust, so if it's fixed and painted right you will have a good one. One note is the hood and trunk are in primer and they have the paint. On a top notch paint job, they may never match.

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    1. Some tastefully selected racing stripes will either call it out or help to disguise any slight mismatch

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    2. Agreed why were those panels not painted with the rest?

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