1986cc 4-cylinder engine
125hp and fuel injection
4-Speed transmission with O/D
4-Wheel disk brakes
*Incredible low mileage survivor
*In the original ownership till 2010
*Working factory A/C
*Three owners from new
The 1800ES Sport Wagon
Introduced in 1960 and popularized by The Saint television series, Volvo's pretty P1800 sports coupé, although no hairy-chested tire-shredder, was nonetheless something of a radical departure for the sober-sided Swedish concern. Based on the 121 saloon, the P1800 was built by Jensen Motors until production transferred to Sweden in 1963 and employed Volvo's rugged, four-cylinder, overhead-valve engine in 1,778cc form. Breathing through twin carburetors this unit produced 100bhp, an output sufficient to propel the solidly built coupé to a top speed of around 105mph. The running gear was conventional, with independent front suspension and live rear axle, and all versions came with servo-assisted front disc brakes. The introduction of the successor P1800S in 1963 brought with it a capacity increase to 1,985cc, power going up to 108bhp as a result. Fuel injection was standardized in 1969, maximum power increasing to 130bhp, with four-wheel disc brakes arriving at the same time. By the end of the 1960s, the model was beginning to look dated but the introduction of the 1800ES sports estate extended its lease of life into the early 1970s.
The Motorcar Offered
This remarkable, original ultra-low mileage example was in the possession of its original owner until 2010. It was purchased new by James Powers from Harbor Motors in Keene, NH in 1973. He used the car to drive to NYC to take courses. As this purchase coincided with OPEC embargo, Mr. Powers had the car professionally fitted with a high capacity 28 gallon fuel tank. This allowed for wide refill intervals for this fuel-efficient car. When the courses ended, the car was stored and used only occasionally in summer months. After nearly thirty years he decided to sell the car onto another Keene resident Gerald Wolf, who put a mere 900 miles on the car before selling it to the current owner. Upon acquisition, the current owner contacted the Leo Watkins Auto Center in Keene, who serviced the car from new and verified its low mileage.
Recognizing the remarkable preservation of this car, the current owner set about sorting out any minor issues with the car and detailing it back to its like-new condition. The brake system was renewed with new calipers, hoses, pads rear rotors and master cylinder. Electrical issues were solved and the engine received ignition and valve timing work.
This 1800ES, in addition to having incredible originality, a great story and super low mileage, is also an excellent spec. The ES is a fuel injected model, equipped with over drive and air conditioning all of which make the car pleasant to use on modern highways. With only about 8,000 produced we doubt a better, more original and lower mileage 1800ES Sport Wagon will appear on the market making this a special opportunity to acquire a benchmark example.