I’ve always wondered if the Volvo C30 was as fun to drive as it is to look at…and here is your chance to find out and report back. Seller submission from Frank who writes: I need to get this out of the way, and there must be some DT reader who can use it. It’s conveniently located right in the middle of the county, which should be about the same distance from either coast, where anyone who would want such a thing will be located. Find this 2009 Volvo C30 offered for $5,495 in McPherson, KS via craigslist.
The Volvo 1800ES was a shooting brake version of Volvo’s aging P1800/1800S/1800E platform, meant to breath new life in the old parts. The frameless glass tailgate equipped version only sold 8,000 units for the ’72 & ’73 model years, but the prices don’t really reflect that level of exclusivity, but prices have been going up in the past few years. This next version looks to need some interior sorting, but if the paint looks as good in person as it does in the pictures, it could be a good deal. Find this 1972 Volvo 1800ES offered for $11,000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.
I have to feel some empathy towards the seller of this next vehicle…because I’ve been there. He says that it “RUNS A LITTLE RICH CAUSING CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO COME ON” which is not an uncommon experience with older vehicles (yes, this is a 30 year old car folks), but the part that pulls on my heartstrings is the next part “VOLVO EXPERT CHECKED OUT THREE TIMES AND CAN’T FIND ANYTHING WRONG.” This is rock bottom for the modern classic loving car guy. When you’ve got a problem, but you can’t fix it because you can’t figure out what’s wrong. It is the worst. The only logical conclusion is to sell the car and move on. Find this 1991 Volvo 240 Wagon offered for $3000 in New Cumberland, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Okay, I know…we just featured a Volvo PV544 like 30 minutes ago. Seems like too many…yeah. But here is the problem; that previous PV544 was the nicest museum quality PV544 you can buy for $10-15k, but this next car has the best story and way more history to it. The seller purchased this car in 1975 and drove it for many miles over the next 46 years including annual trips to Maine where he would leave the car in storage and teach sailing in the Caribbean. Seriously? And here I’m designing engine parts during the day and writing about cars at night while this guy goes on cross country trips and sails when the weather is good — I’m going to build a time machine so I can go back in time and strangle my high school guidance counselor who said I should be an engineer. Anyway, read the entire story from the seller below. Find this 1962 Volvo PV544 offered for $11,000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
The Volvo PV444/544 was affectionately called the “Swedish 1941 Ford” even though sales of this 4-cylinder equipped Volvo started in 1947 in Sweden (1958 in USA) and continued through the 1966 model year. It was known for ruggedness, vintage styling, and some surprising wins at SCCA class racing and at the 1965 East African Safari Rally in Kenya. Today’s example is in surprinsgly good shape and way nicer than the typical LeMons Rally ready example you’ll find littering craigslist. Find this 1962 Volvo PV544 offered for $13,500 in Concord, CA via craigslist.
The term honest classic doesn’t have a good definition in major established media, but if I were writing the Wikipedia article for the term, I’d use this next car for the cover image. It has the all the charisma and class you need to park next to a Mercedes 300SL without being embarrassed, but you could also take it shopping at Walmart and park next to a Honda…it really doesn’t care. Find this 1966 Volvo 122S offered for $6000 in Chico, CA via craigslist.
The consensus from the crowd is that the 740 horsepower Volvo 240 from the other day was too much power for the car and the 300ish horspower Cummins 6BT Torino Wagon was too much torque for the power (and probably too much soot for the air), so how do you feel if we split the difference and find something that has as much power as torque and won’t melt tires or the polar ice caps. The only thing this wagon needs is an injection of manual gearbox. Find this 1990 Volvo 240 Wagon offered for $6,500 in Sarasota, FL via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I know. Another V8 powered Volvo…how cliché. But this one is special. It has a ginormous turbocharger with an intake sized like something from an apache helicopter that pushes cubic yards of air into the 5.3 liter iron block (probably an LM7 if I was to guess) with MegaSquirt standalone fuel injection to make a tire obliterating 745 horsepower on the dyno. Thankfully this thing is shifted with an Aisin AR-5 manual gearbox that probably came from a Chevy Colorado or Pontiac Solstice and isn’t exactly rated for this level of murderous torque…but people tend to overestimate the required ruggedness of their transmissions and if you shift it nicely it will probably survive the repeated 60-100mph sprints that this thing is built for. I’m in love. Find this 1991 Volvo V8 240DL Wagon with Turbo LSV8 offered for $11,000 in Colorado Springs, CA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Honey. I was mowin the lawn an’ I found a Valvo. A whut? I found a Valvo -P18-hunner, two of ’em. You found a whut? I was riding the new Deere rideon thru a big patch of overgrown scrubs and I found a Valvo 18-hunner with trees grown right up thru the bumpers an then I found a P18-hunner trapped in the barb war. — come outside and look. Hang on, I’ve got curlers in my hair, oh wow. Those are rusty. I know. Can we keep ’em? Are you kidding me? You’ve got a dump truck, a minivan, a few tractors — you don’t need a Volvo, much less two of ’em. Sell it on thefacebook. Aww, shucks, one of ’em got the pointed up front bumper of a 63, but I’ll put ’em for sale. Find a 1963 Volvo P180 and 1965 Volvo 1800S offered for best offer in Nicholasville, KY via therustbook restingplace. Tip from yv1lw.
I am loathe to criticize other people’s custom work, especially when my own is nowhere near the level of a Singer or Icon…but I’m not going to complain about the front bumper speed holes or the “drag” wheel/tire setup in this V8 powered Volvo, but I feel obliged to take issue with a 3-speed for his (her?) transmission. It’s not like a 4-speed costs much more, and even 5-speeds are plentiful (don’t get me started on 6-speeds), and my understanding of domestic 3-speeds from ‘Murican hot-rod friends is that they are all junk and need to be swapped for 4-speed posthaste. But maybe there is some rare Muncie three-speed that can handle power and torque and you save your left leg because you shift less. Strange decisions for strange times, I guess. Find this 1979 Volvo 244 V8 offered for $5500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.