15k: Bumblebee Restomod: 1973 Volvo 1800ES

Happy Thorsday!! The Volvo 1800ES was a shooting brake version of the popular P1800/1800/1800S/1800E sports coupe.   Prices of Jan Wilsgaard’s funky wagon shape have been up in the past few years, but a practically new (and perfect condition) 1800ES sold for a staggering $92,000 at Bonhams (read article on Hagerty here)…but what the future holds for the rest of the market is unknown.  Find this 1973 Volvo 1800ES offered here on craigslist for $15,000, located in Salinas, CA.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

You can read the sellers build thread here on the Turbobricks forum, but the quick version is that the car has been given fresh paint and a new heart.  It’s definitely more of a
restomod; the engine has been swapped to a later overhead cam B23 (as
found in a 1983-1984 240 or 740).

Under the hood, the original 2.0 liter B20 has been replaced with a 2.3L B23 inline-4 with forged internals.
Just as durable as the old B20 but with more power and more
displacement. Not an easy swap since the B23 is designed to be laid over
towards the exhaust side but the 1800 was designed for an upright
engine. This guy kept the angle which makes the driveline swap easier
but less room for a turbo later on. Should be fun (and roarty!) with the dual
sidedraft Webers though.

 A wood rimmed steering wheel with prancing moose horn button classes up the otherwise simple Volvo interior.  The push button over-drive 5th gear is a novelty that is fun (press the button Max!!) until it fails and you need to figure out what went wrong.


 A nice car with a Bumblebee paint scheme, but is the price a stretch?  tips@dailyturismo.com