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  1. Daytona Drew

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    #1 Daytona Drew, Mar 5, 2007
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    Just as people must come to grips with substance abuse or their other personal demons, I must come out of my own closet: I have a thing for Swedish cars. One car I have had an affinity for since my teens is the Volvo 1800 series sport coupe. It is a handsome, but compact, vehicle that is understated and quite affordable compared to the likes of the prominent Jags and Astons. While I have checked out a few in the past, I am not a seasoned vet of the 1800 scene and would appreciate any insight from folks out there.
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  4. Daytona Drew

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  5. Cicada

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    i too have an affinity for swede speed. probably because my first car was a volvo, and while it went through about 3 crashes [the last one totalled it], it saved my life [one of them was a minor fender bender, one was straight into the back of na SUV, and the last was a rollover]...i also rather like the K'segg.

    btw, it's beautiful! [the 1800]:D
     
  6. Kingair33

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    I know of a fantastic white on black 1800 for sale if anyone is interested.
     
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  8. Daytona Drew

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    Yeah, but I'm guessing it's in Oregon.
     
  9. snj5

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    Excellent taste. Even Colin Powell relaxes by restoring Volvos.
    Volovos are a sign of quiet good breeding.
    :)
     
  10. Mojo

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    I have always loved the P1800.
    They remind me of a karmann ghia,
    Which I also love.
    The P1800 looks very 50's,60's european. Almost ferrari like. Very cool
     
  11. audihenry

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    I'm actually a big fan of the Bricks - 700/900 series cars. I just love them!

    Did you know that the highest mileage car in the world is an 1800?
     
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  13. TurboTodd

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    There is an 1800 sitting in my mom's garage.. Father brought it home when I was 13 or 14.. It was a project that the owner abandoned. Car is disassembled, looks like a barn find now. It's still sitting there 25 years later.
     
  14. DMOORE

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    The best looking Volvo, ever.



    Darrell.
     
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  16. Cicada

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    Funny you should say that it reminds you of the Ghia.

    The first prototype of the 1800 was taken to Karmann in hopes of getting it built there, but VW, who happened to be Karmann's top customer, threatened to go elsewhere if they did.

    so the 1800 struggled to get off the ground, until they finally got some support from auto manuf. Jensen.
     
  17. Kingair33

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    Haha yes it is, good guess. If you ever become interested just let me know.
     
  18. UroTrash

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    Anyone seen a GOOD 1800 lately? Like '60s Brit sports cars they seen to have been uniformly neglected. A nice original of high quality restoration would be nice to see. Same applies to the Sonett.
     
  19. Webby

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    I'm determined to have either an 1800 or a 122S as my first car. Like you said, very affordable, but at the same time very reliable, very good looking, and very fun to drive. One of my professors had one and he's the one who actually introduced me to the 1800 and told me that I should look into one for a first car. Anyways I made a few threads about them about a year ago. People suggested that the main problem you should check for is rust. I found a really really nice 1800 for sale in California, I'm sure it was sold by now but it was in excellent condition, and very cheap too, only asking $6900. If only I had the money then, I would have snapped it up. Well, good luck getting one! And wish me the same.
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    This one looks good to me. Owner seemed honest, told me that it had been a daily driver for years, entire thing restored and rebuilt, minimal rust, sanded and repainted to match the original color, seats rebuilt, new windshield, new rubber seals around the doors/windows, fixed rear defroster, hardly any problems. Carpet and stainless steel trim and door panels could use some work if you wanted a show car but other than that in great condition. This car was really a jewel, I wish I could've afforded it. Was a lot cheaper than many others I saw too.
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  21. Webby

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    Can we see some pictures? I hopefully have a good project that will bring in some money. I have no hope of buying a car now but maybe within a year or two. Probably too far away (time-wise, distance wouldn't hold me back, I'd fly out to Oregon and drive it back home if I could afford it) but any opportunity to see pics of these beautiful cars is welcome :)
     
  22. Horsefly

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    As I've posted before, they look VERY Ferrari like. Take a quick look at this photo and see which one is the Ferrari versus the Volvo 1800?

    I have a ratty 1962 P1800 that I rescued from a friend for $400. Kids broke out all the glass. (For $800, I got the Volvo and a '69 Porsche 912 that received the same "customizing" from the kids.) I saved it before they got to the dash. It supposedly runs, but I haven't had the time to work on it.
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    Nice car. what was the guy asking for it?
     
  24. Webby

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    Only $6,900 ... most other comparable ones were around $13,000
     
  25. UroTrash

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    If the inside is as good as the outside looks like a deal. Why did they take the pics in the dark, thats strange.
     
  26. Tony Fuisz

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    I had a 71 1800e that I drove everyday for a couple of years. Very solid cars and fun to drive especially if you resist the temptation to upsize the original 165/15 tires. You can drift it around at speeds not likely to get you thrown in jail. Not particularly fast, but if you can supercharge them or swap in the volvo 16 valve.
    Rust is the biggest problem as the mechanical part is basically bullet-proof. A little hard to see out of too if you aren't tall. The only recurrent mechanical issue was a banging from the transmission on the tunnel-fixable by using the 164 mounts instead of the 1800 ones. Parts are easy to get and lots of stuff is very easy DIY.
    Vey nice car-I wish I had mine still.
    check out volvo sports america club www.vsa.org for more info...
     
  27. Tony Fuisz

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  28. Kingair33

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    Yes definitely, I will take some tomorrow morning and hopefully post them by evening. I am good friends with the owner, but the owner is a vintage sports car dealer, I hope this doesn't infringe on any rules, does it? I have no direct conection to the sale and if it did sell I wouldn't make any money, but I don't want to break any rules; so please let me know if I am.
     

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