10k: Miata Powered: 1963 Volvo P1800 Restomod

 The Volvo P1800/1800S/1800E is a cool looking sports coupe built for worldwide consumption in decent numbers (39k from 1963 to 1972.)  The decent numbers part is important, because as a classic it lives in a land between massively overproduced cars you’ll see everyday (Mustang or Beetle for instance) and massively under produced cars that demand a premium (Shelby Mustang). Today’s example started life as a bullhorn equipped P1800, but is now a bit of a hot rod.  Find this 1963 Volvo P1800 Restomod here on eBay currently bidding for $6,500 reserve-not-met with a few days to go, located in Hillsboro, OR.

It is interesting to note that the 1800 was built in similar numbers to the Karmann Ghia Type 34, but the combination of never being available in the US when new and staggeringly low survival estimates means the Type 34 costs a pretty penny.  The 1800 on the other hand, offers a combination of exclusivity, price, and availability that is hard to beat.  Swap in a fuel injected and reliable engine, plus a 5-speed gearbox and things look even better.  

Gone is the Scandinavian built B18  inline-4 and instead this thing is powered by a 1.8 liter inline-4 from an NA-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.  The Mazda BP dual overhead cam inline-4 pushes out 131 horsepower, but is easily tunable (turbo-able?) for more juice if you are into that kind of thing.

The interior has been given a decent makeover with new carpet and “racing” seats.  The seller includes a link to his flickr account, which includes a bunch of before/after build pictures.  It could use a new coat of paint, but otherwise looks ready to roll.

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