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.
The 1965-1967 Buick Special was an intermediate sized thing built on the body-on-frame platform known internally at GM as the A-body, shared with the Skylark, Chevelle, Cutlass, and LeMans. If you find one of these cool wagons with the raised roof with the vista windows, it is known as a SportWagon, but without the crazy glass roof panels it just a Special. Find this 1967 Buick Special Wagon offered for $18000 in Scottsbluff, NE via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Ford Falcon was introduced for the 1960 model year in various versions and it was an instant hit. Sales were strong until Ford released the Mustang, which was a Falcon in a prettier body, but before the Mustang was released, if you wanted a fun/compact Ford, you got a Falcon. This next one is a really cool 2-door wagon and is offered with some decent resto-mod upgrades including a 5-speed and 17-inch Torque Thrust D wheels. Find this 1960 Ford Falcon 2-Door Wagon offered for $14,000 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist.
The 2nd generation Chevelle was a big car…IS a big car, but back in the day it was considered a mid-sized…and if you wanted a BIG wagon you got the full-sized Kingswood Estate. And while those old full-sized beasts have all but disappeared from the road, the mid-sized cars have lingered longer and you can find survivors floating around dry states. Find this 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon offered for $17,900 in Hesperia, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I hate to be the guy who always says that some car needs a V8…but…I’m gonna be that guy today. This next wagon needs a V8. It already has a 5-speed transmission swap, so we are good to go with the gears, but those old inline-6s just aren’t up to the task of moving a big ole wagon around with any sense of urgency. I know that they are cool and everybody wants a slant6, but trust me, this car will be a million times more enjoyable to drive with a 289 or even a 260 V8, and it’ll just bolt right in. Consider a disc brake upgrade while you are at it, because the basic Country Sedan was not was well equipped as the Country Squire, but it didn’t come with the fake wood sides..which is a good thing in my opinion. Find this 1964 Ford Country Sedan offered for $11,000 in Concord, 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.
In Episode 2 of Season 9, the guys at Roadkill take a Ford Torino Wagon that is powered by a gigantic Cummins 6BT inline-6 under the hood… well… actually, it doesn’t have a hood. Anyway, the guys at Roadkill didn’t build it, but they did drag race it against another Cummins swapped classic American body-on-frame thing. You can find the episode on streaming on the Motortrend App, or you can watch this low-res bootleg version before it gets taken down. Anyway, that same Torino is now offered with the Cummins diesel and offered for sale. Find this 1972 Ford Torino Wagon offered for $9000 in La Habra, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
When the auction first launched for this next car, I sent an email to DT’s resident Volvo expert CFlo and asked him his thought on how much the car will sell for. His reply a week ago was spot on; maybe $6k to $7k? This diesel is super gutless. It’s literally the 6-cylinder version of the 1.6 NA diesel that was in your old Rabbit. Volvo bought the engines from VW. Imagine 50% more power than your old Rabbit! OMG 75hp. Did you ever ride in the one I had (blue 84 wagon)? It was awful. In CA this 1980 ebay wagon would be desirable because smog exempt, but not sure if anyone cares on the east coast. Nice condition though. Find this 1980 Volvo 245 DL Diesel bidding for $6,350 here on eBay with less than one day to go, located in Glen Burnie, MD.
The 1972 restyle of Ford’s Torino saw the model split into two styles, the basic Torino or the fancy Gran Torino, which featured a bass mouth grill and a few bonus luxury items. The big change under the skin for 1972 was the switch back to body-on-frame construction, but you could still get it in fastback, hardtop, sedan, or station wagon…the last of which is the proper way to build a Starsky & Hutch tribute car for the family man (or woman). Find this 1973 Ford Gran Torino Wagon offered for $6000 in Watsonville, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!