10k: Independence From Boring: 1968 Volvo 1800S

As we continue our Independence day celebration we are happy to feature a car that wasn’t born here in the land of the free, but was imported via boat like so many of our ancestors.  The Volvo 1800S was originally born in Sweden but took a long trip on a boat and while its name wasn’t mangled at Ellis Island, it did jump through some emissions related hoops to get certified for US road use.  Find this 1968 Volvo 1800S for sale in Mission Hills, CA currently bidding on ebay for $8,100 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go.  Seller submission from Oprah85 on ebay.

Before you start sharpening the pitchforks, the Stars and Stripes you see on the hood isn’t permanent, it is just a flag draped over the hood for a photograph, and it does a great job of setting the car up for a 4th of July weekend sale.  This 1800S is a beauty; the paint, lights, glass and chrome all look great in the photos.

The 2.0 liter B20 is equipped with a single Weber carb upgrade which should bring the horsepower from 118 stock to 128-ish hp.  Performance won’t be breathtaking, but a stock 1800S can keep up with traffic and equipped with the manual trans will be fun to toss around town.  Just don’t race for pinks with some bald dude in a souped up Dodge Challenger Daytona.

The pièce de résistance in this 1800S is the interior. It is an incredibly well maintained with a few restored parts in a great shade of red.  A few tasteful upgrades include a 3-spoke steering wheel and “french seamed” upper dash that matches the rest of the interior.

Current bidding is just above $8k but we expect this car to go for something closer to $15k, but given the current 1800 market this car will be worth every penny for a seller looking for a good example.

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