1973 Volvo 1800ES Sport Wagon 4sp with OD

Price: US $23,400.00 Item location: Christiansburg, Virginia, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Volvo
  • Model: Other
  • SubModel: 1800ES
  • Type: Coupe
  • Year: 1973
  • Mileage: 36999
  • VIN: 1836353007255
  • Color: Gold
  • Engine size: 4 Cylinder, Volvo B20, Fuel-Injected
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1973 Volvo Other

1973 Volvo 1800ES Sport Wagon "Shooting Brake"

Owned by a collector of Swedish cars; this is his personal car.Private owner, Not a dealer.

NADA valuation of this classic car, at Low Retail is $33,700 and Average Retail is $47,400.Hagerty Classic Car valuation at #2 (Excellent) condition, is $27,000.Due to the recent extensive refurbishment, repaint, and new interior materials, condition is believed to at an NADA Average Retail value or approximately a Hagerty #2 (Excellent) value.(See attached NADA and Hagerty Valuations.)

Refurbished and well-maintained by a PhD engineer car enthusiast.Painted professionally.

Exterior:Volvo "Gold Metallic" #105:Repainted in 2015 with original color.

Interior:New black seats, door and cargo cards, and new carpet, with full coverage insulation underneath.

  • 1973 was the last of only 2 model years for 1800ES (AKA P1800ES)
  • Rare vehicle with only 8,077 total production.
  • 2.0L B20F four-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical D-Jetronic fuel injection, rated at 125HP.
  • Rare and desirable M41 four-speed manual transmission with overdrive from Laycock Engineering.
  • Gold Metallic exterior repaint in original color, with black interior.

This 1973 Volvo 1800ES represents the last year of the only true production Volvo sports car, which was produced in a fastback coupe (P1800) and the sport wagon (1800ES), also called "Shooting Brake." This model was only made in 1972 and 1973, and it is very rare in that a total of only 8077 were produced, with few coming to the U.S.It is a superbly-handling, powerful 2.0 Liter fuel-injected wagon that provides both practicality and sport driving experience.This car has the highly desirable 4-speed with electronic overdrive which works perfectly. Volvo 1800's were made somewhat famous by Sir Roger Moore who drove one in the 1960-70's TV show "The Saint."

The styling of this Volvo was contracted out to Frua of Italy, buy in reality, a Swede, young Pelle Pettersen, had a heavy role in its design.It is very practical, having a flip-up rear glass hatch that is held by gas pressure struts, and the rear seat folds down to provide a long, carpeted load area.

NOTE on collectabiilty and valuation:

A near-perfect example of a green 1973 Volvo 1800ES (sample model as this car) recently sold at national auction for over $92,000.See:https://www.hagerty.com/Articles-Videos/Articles/2014/09/02/Volvo-1800


·Shows 36,999 but inaccurate due to age and an odometer failure/replacement by the prior owner, but from the wear components it is believed to be less than 100K. For example, it still has the original pedal pads which show minimal wear, the original door decals, the original steering wheel, etc.).

Body Condition:

·Excellent.Repainted with original paint color in 2015, garaged since with less than 500 miles since.

·Paint is good, but not a show paint job. Owner would rate it as about 7.5 out of 10.

·Very minimal rust was present and all was repaired before painting - this was limited to battery box, small holes in rocker panels, 2 small inner fender holes.Original floorboards are intact. Very solid undercarriage.

·No accident repairs are apparent anywhere on the body.

·No door dings in paint, no interior tears.

·Chrome is in good condition, with very little spotting.A couple very small dings in side chrome strips.

·All glass is in good condition.New weatherstripping on all doors, hood, and hatch.

Interior Condition:

·Everything that needed attention in the interior was refurbished with new materials in 2017.

·All new weatherstripping on all doors, rear hatch.

·Front seats were rebuilt with new foam kit and recovered in black; rear seats are perfect original leather.

·New factory black carpet.

·Eastwood acoustical sound deadening and other sound dampening material was used to cover the complete floor plan prior to installation of carpet.

·New upper and lower dashboard pads.

·Door cards were refurbished.

·Window cranks and locks were refurbished.All work smoothly.

·Ventilation controls for fresh air were removed and lubricated.

·New gas pressure struts for rear hatch.

·All locks work properly. 2 sets of keys.

·All warning and convenience lights work.

·Original headliner is in good condition.


·New Firestone radials on original Volvo wheels, repainted with factory silver color with brand new chrome trim rings.

Engine Bay/Transmission:

·2.0L fuel-injected, 125 HP horsepower, B20F engine.Very strong, robust 5-main bearing engine.Known for longevity.

·4-speed automatic transmission with electronic overdrive which works perfectly.Synchros and clutch are strong.

·All new belts.

·All new fuel injection hoses and fuel lines, after gas tank was cleaned.

·Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection unit completely checked, works perfectly.

·New electric fuel pump and fuel filter.

·New spark plugs, ignition wires, and all ignition parts.

·New alternator.

·New chrome low-restriction, high performance air cleaner with filter, custom-built for the 2.0 Litre engine.(This replaced the rather restrictive factory air cleaner which is mounted behind the grill and relatively inaccessible for element changing.However, the original air cleaner comes with the car and can be easily reinstalled if pure originality is desired.)
New chrome oil breather filter.

·Original radiator was professionally flushed, pressure tested, and reinstalled.
New thermostat.

·All new radiator and other coolant hoses.

·All fluids (oil, transmission, overdrive, rear differential, and coolant) just changed.

·New underhood insulation pads; better than original open cell foam pads.

·Engine bay is clean and neat, with new hoses, clamps, fittings, etc., but not in show condition.

·Appears to have negligible oil leaks, even after sitting for several days.

Braking and Suspension Systems:

·All new brakes, including pads, rotors, master and wheel cylinders.

·4 new KYB gas shock absorbers.

·Original springs and steering components in excellent condition.All professionally checked.

Comfort/Convenience Systems:

·New windshield washer motor.

·New horn installed.

·Seat and shoulder belts.

·Original radio, turns on but appear to need an antenna.

·Complete heating, ventilation & fan system was removed, refurbished and painted.(Major job.)

·New exterior light bulbs.All lights and signals work properly.

·Spare tire under cargo floor.

Full Disclosure of Items that could use attention:

·Oil temperature gauge and gas gauge work intermittently; may require inexpensive sending units.All other gauges and all interior lights work fine, including overhead light.

·Sun visors could be replaced.

·Exhaust system is several years old, but appears to have no leaks nor patches. Dual chrome curved tip is new.

·Car is in excellent driver condition, but is not a concours show car.


If you want a unique sport wagon, with the safety and performance features that a classic Volvo 1800ES offers, this is an excellent opportunity to buy a nice car at a reasonable price that will appreciate in value.

Description of car is believed to be as accurate and complete as possible. Inspections are welcomed.



Buyer must arrange shipping, but I would meet the shipper and help with the loading, etc.I also have a tandem axle trailer and will negotiate a reasonable delivery price for delivery of up to about 700 miles, if schedule permits.I am located in southwest Virginia.


$1000 Deposit due within 24 hours of auction closing by verifiable PayPal.

Balance due within 5 days of auction close by verifiable bank transfer of funds.

Car is sold AS IS, WHERE IS, since it is a used car, with NO WARRANTY.Inspections prior to sale are absolute welcomed.

Please ask any questions you wish via email before making an offer and

I will be glad to respond with accurate answers.