10k: 1971 Volvo 1800E; Thorsday; Minty Clean

Thorsday came a bit early this week – only because we wanted to give you a chance to get in on the bidding for a beautiful car before the gavel hits the block.  The Volvo 1800 (commonly called the P1800) was given its third minor redesign with the 1970 release of the 1800E, which included a fuel injected engine and rear disc brakes.  This 1971 Volvo 1800E is in impeccable condition and for sale in Mission Hills, CA, currently bidding on ebay for $9,000 with 3 days to go.  (Submission From DT regular reader, seller and contributor Tamas – Oprah85 on ebay.)


This rust free California car is offered in what looks like a nice respray of an original Volvo color, #91 light green.  This car looks great in the photos and the issue of the salvage title isn’t a big deal in a 40 year old car, because most 40 year old cars have had more than their lowest blue book value amount of work done – just maybe not paid by insurance. Regardless, given the choice we’d drive a rust-free car with a salvage title over some rusted to pieces barn find, but maybe that is just us…

The 1971 1800E is powered by a 2.0 liter inline-4 engine, the B20E, which used Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection to increase horsepower to 130 while increasing fuel economy and cold weather performance.  Carburetors look great with the hood up, but honestly we prefer a good fuel injection setup over just about any venturi equipped flow device.

The inside of this 1800 is in very nice shape – the leather seats have recently be reupholstered and the dash and headliner are crack/rip/stain free.  We like the interior on the 1800 series – it is a mixture of British and German sourced components, but with a decidedly quirky flair.  Very sweet!

This 1800E would certainly make the list of cars cool enough to take to Targa California, and it’s affordable too!  Today, the 1800 offers a level of chic Euro styling that is unmatched by much of anything in its price range, so we will continue to rave about them, at least until they start to sell for six figures on Barrett-Jackson. 

See a better chic Euro classic for the same price?  email us here:  tips@dailyturismo.com