Step 3, Profit: 1971 Volvo 1800E

I’m going to let you into a little secret.  Shhhhhhhhhhhh.  Don’t tell anyone.  Okay, here it is– you can drive a classic car as an occasional driver (somewhere between a daily driver and a weekend garage queen) without spending much money. The purchase price plus maintenance/restoration (maybe?) costs can be recouped in a few years if you hit the right spot in the classic car appreciation curve. The real trick is to find cars that are cheap as a general rule, but on the cusp of becoming cool but have good parts support. Oh…wait…you guys already know this.  Well here is a fact you probably don’t know, approx 165,000 new cars are produced in factories every single day and the person who invented cruise control was blind.  Anyway, back on the subject of cheap classic drivers where you shouldn’t lose money, find this 1971 Volvo 1800E offered for $8500 in Albany, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1971 volvo p1800 

condition: good 

cylinders: 4 cylinders 

fuel: gas 

odometer: 299997 

paint color: blue 

title status: salvage 

transmission: manual 

Selling my 3rd p1800 after 20 years ownership. this was my daily driver up to 2 years ago when shoulder surgery forced me to drive an automatic. the car has about 300k miles and gets serviced regularly. interior is original and needs work. no rust. solid body. just had the front end worked on with new bushings etc. transmission and o.d. works fine. b20 2 liter fuelinjected engine runs smooth. 

serious buyers only.

See a better way to drive a classic?