Seinfeld Drives Tina Fey Around In A Volvo 1800S And Now I Want One
If you don’t watch Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, a brilliant video series starring the original NY car guy himself, you are seriously missing out. The show covers in a Seinfeldesque stream of consciousness afternoon with Jerry and a guest getting a cup of coffee, drinking things like wheat puff cereal milkshakes and generally being funny. However, the real stars are the cars and while season one’s list of cars reads like a DT dream list (Beetle, Karmann-Ghia, MBZ 300 SEL 6.3, Triumph TR6, ’70 Challenger) the second season amped up the rides to 1 percenter levels (Lamborghini Miura, ’73 Carrera RS and E-Type Jag) but affordable cars still show up now and the Jan 30th episode stars
Tina Fey a 1967 Volvo 1800S.
The Volvo 1800S looks and sounds fantastic in the CiCGC video and does nothing but fuel the fire of DT’s Thorsday obsession. The car used in the episode is just about perfect in condition and represents a top of the market 1800S, strange 90 mile versions notwithstanding. Join us as we take a quick look at the P1800/1800S/1800E market, starting with serious coin and ending with what you can get for a grand.
First up is this 1965 Volvo 1800S offered for $16,500 in Glendale, CA via craigslist. The pics and description are light, but if the car is indeed as nice and original as the seller says, it is probably worth something in the $15k range. The black (dark grey?) exterior with red interior is especially nice looking.
For a few $k less is this 1971 Volvo 1800E currently bidding for $11,300 reserve-not-met and painted in a respray of the original California White paint. If it is indeed free from rust as the seller states, this could be a great driver if the reserve is reasonable.
Next, we’ve got the project 1800S for the guy who wants to spend his weekends sanding, welding, and wrenching. Find this 1965 Volvo 1800S project for sale in Machesney Park, IL offered for $1,000 via craigslist. The seller did not provide a picture, but the google streetview car was nice enough to snap a few photos of the primer colored classic.
Lastly, we’ve got an early Jensen-built P1800 ironically listed on ebay as an 1800 and offered for a starting bid of $200. Find this 1962 Volvo P1800 located in Brooklyn, NY via ebay. Condition is pretty abysmal, but a similar early 911 shell would sell for $10k and don’t even get me started on the “value” 23 window bus shell.
See a good deal on a P1800/1800S/1800E that we missed? We’d love to see a good $7k driver that could be driven and lightly restored to $10k level. email@example.com
In that third photo above, what I find most interesting is that the P1800 looks right at home alongside the Pagoda and the Speedster. Unless you are a classic car slut, you really can't tell that one is an order of magnitude more expensive than the other. It reinforces my belief that you really don't need to be bursting at the seams with $$$ in order to enjoy a nice old classic (though it doesn't hurt). I find this democratization of classic car ownership to be refreshing.
I have had 5 of them and my current I have had fir 23 years. It is an E and I prefer it over the non fuel injected for "power" and funky wheels. I am happy to see Jerry liked it!