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The Quail Auction / 1973 Volvo P1800 ES Sport Wagon Chassis no. 1836354005522

Lot 19
1973 Volvo P1800 ES Sport Wagon
19 August 2022, 11:00 PDT
Carmel, Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Lot to be sold without reserve

US$60,000 - US$80,000

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1973 Volvo P1800 ES Sport Wagon
Chassis no. 1836354005522

1,986cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
124bhp at 6,000rpm
4-Speed Manual with Overdrive
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Recently completed ground up restoration
*Stunning color scheme
*Beautifully finished throughout
*Stylish and usable Volvo Sport Wagon from the end of the run


Introduced in 1960 and popularized by 'The Saint' television series, Volvo's stylish P1800 Sports Coupe was 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. Breathing through twin carburetors, the sporty Volvo was a true 100mph-plus car. 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 1800 ES sports estate extended its lease of life into the early 1970s. These remain among the most collectible and iconic station wagons ever produced.


This striking 1973 Volvo P1800 ES was completed at the Göteborg, Sweden-based Volvo factory in a Light Blue Metallic exterior color. The new Sport Wagon was exported to America and was in long term ownership prior to joining the current caretaker's collection. A Porsche enthusiast and restorer, the Volvo seemed like a fun and interesting project to undertake, so a complete restoration was soon started.

The car was completely disassembled and serviced prior to receiving a respray in British Racing Green — a nonoriginal color that presents so beautifully, one would be remiss for thinking it ought to have been. New European chrome bumpers and stainless-steel side spears were fitted, all chrome and stainless trim was polished, while new rubber seals and gaskets were fitted all around the exterior. The interior received fresh Cognac Brown leather front and vinyl rear seats, as well as new door panels, carpets, and headliner — most of it sourced from Sweden. The car's mechanical components were serviced, the front suspension was rebuilt, springs and shocks were replaced, and all-new brake pads were fitted. Completed early last year, the stunning Volvo made its debut on the show field of the 2021 Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. This is a lovely example of Volvo's classic Sport Wagon, ready for spacious touring in great style. Equipped with the desirable 4-speed overdrive manual gearbox and finished in a smart livery of Green over Tan interior, this Volvo looks and feels just right.

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