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Pick of the Day: 1967 Volvo 1800S, a sporty GT that’s stylish and reliable

This coupe appears to be in fine condition with gleaming paint and chrome

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One of my favorite GT cars of the 1960s is the Volvo 1800.  I owned a 1800S, and it was among the best classic sporting cars I ever had, as comfortable as it is stylish and offering Volvo reliability along with stunning styling.

Volvo produced the sporty coupe for three generations, from 1961-63 when the original P1800 model was built by Jensen in the UK, from 1964 with the Swedish-built 1800S, and from 1970 through ‘73 with fuel-injection as the 1800E and, finally, a good-looking 2-door wagon that was called the 1800ES.

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The Pick of the Day is one of the second-series cars, a 1967 Volvo 1800S being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in North Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Finished in Burgundy with a black leather interior, the Volvo is described in the brief ad description as an excellent example that runs and drives well and makes a great cross-country cruiser.

The Volvo has its original dash and gauges, which all work except for the clock, the seller says, although there is no other information in the ad about the car’s restoration history. The chrome looks to be in great shape and the car looks very clean in the photos with the ad. The seller says the underside is also clean.

The Volvo appears to have its original 1.8-liter inline-4 engine under the hood, linked with 4-speed manual transmission and electric overdrive. The mileage is stated in the ad as 100,000. 

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This 1800S is equipped with an aftermarket radio, though the seller has the original, the ad says, and wears aftermarket Minilite-style alloy wheels, with the original wheels also available.

The Volvo recently received a stainless-steel exhaust system, a new gas tank and fuel sender, and the SU carburetors have been rebuilt, the seller says. 

This 1800S is being offered for a fair $30,000, considering its apparent very-good condition. These are wonderful cars and becoming increasingly popular, so buy a nice one now or wait and pay more later.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I bought one of these back in the nineties and painted it white so I could pretend to be Roger Moore, It was a great car.
    They’re a bit pricey now for a good one so I probably won’t get another but would love to have another one.

  2. Mine was a daily driver, a Ferrari-red, ’65, I called my “mechanical mistress.” My job had me on the road a lot and I usually chose to take her rather than the company car. Driving down a curvy county two-lane was like dancing with a pretty woman, a woman of certain age, with integrity, experience, lust. This photo of the interior reminds me of the tactile elements of our relationship. The stubby shifter allowed the feel of every mechanical thing going on in there. Her balance and poise were off the charts. Someone’s in for a treat if they buy this one . . . and drive it!

  3. Of course it´s a gem since it was made in Sweden.Personally I prefer V8:s from the US.There´s something special in every car and it´s very lucky for all of us that we have different tastes,happy motoring everybody!!

    • Totally agree with that Mike as I had a 1966 that at least had the “hockey Stick’ side trim but still a nice car at what today seems a very good price.

      Thanks for reading

      Andy

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