It is Thorsday, DT celebration of Scandinavian cars that makes a bigger splash than a torpedoed Russian submarine. Today we’ve got a car that you are going to need to channel your inner Edd China and see past the cobwebs…but, like a nickle beer at a strip club, the price generates considerable interest. Find this 1965 Volvo 1800S offered for $3,500 in San Jose, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
The original P1800’s sheet metal was designed by Pelle Petterson while he
worked at Carrozzeria Pietro Frua – an Italian coach builder from back
in the day. The 1800s mechanical parts were hewn of sturdy Scandinavian
stuff, and wiring was provided by the prince of darkness, Lucas. The
combination of solid Swedish mechanicals and iffy British electrical
components offers a unique blend of high-end appearance with
roll-the-dice reliability. The pushrod B18 and B20 engines hardly ever
have issues, but the Lucas smoke-based-wiring system might complain if you rally this
little steed through any water crossings.
Under the hood is a slightly disassembled B18 pushrod inline-4 that when reassembled would be good for 115 horsepower (give or take). No word from the seller if this car has the base 4-speed manual or the upgraded 4-speed with electric overdrive transmission.
The inside looks like a pack of raccoons used it for their spring CrossFit challenge & mating night, and those masked bandits never cleanup. Luckily, you can source many interior parts for the 1800 without resorting to the junkyard.
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