The Volvo 1800ES gets a regular DT spotlight not because it is worshiped by self-styled enthusiast (cough cough, BMW 2002) or sporty (cough 911), but because it is an honest underrated classic built in limited numbers and, most importantly, it is affordable. Nothing demonstrates this better than the pennies being asked for this project 1800ES. Find this 1973 Volvo 1800ES project for sale in Santa Clara, CA for $1700 via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
It is almost impossible to tell that this 1800ES left the factory in Gothenburg around the same time as the $74,000 1800ES with 90 miles on the odo…but they are long lost cousins. The $74k example attended only the best prep-schools and found his own software company that he sold to Google for a couple hundred million, while this one dropped out of middle school and joined a biker gang. The years have not been kind.
At least the engine runs (see spinning fan blades in pic) and while this car needs a cosmetic restoration, there is a chance the mechanical bits just need some polishing and rubber part replacement. The nice thing about the 1800ES is that it can take many parts from similar vintage 1800s and 120-series cars or you can pick up aftermarket parts from places like IPD.
Quick, someone buy this car before it gets traded into a place with a cheap red sign that says “CAR DEPOT, AUTO SALES, BUY -SELL-TRADE.” See another starter project? email@example.com