Volvo 1800 E
1971 Volvo 1800 E – all original – one-owner car
Absolutely fantastic all original one-owner 1971 Volvo 1800 E in Dark Green (94) and beige/brown leather interior (341-766) and 167,958 original miles on the odometer. Extensive service recodes dating back from new is included in the sale. This is an exceptional car for any collector due to its one-owner and documented history.
The car starts easily, drives great and has just had a brake inspection and adjustment. The car is a great driver and is suitable for a full restoration, or it can be enjoyed as-is for many years to come. The car is in original mechanical condition and retains is original Volvo 4-cylinder Bosch D-Jetronic fuel-injected 2.0-liter B20E engine making 130hp. The car has its original 4-speed manual transmission.
Odometer: 167,958 miles
Engine: 4-cyl. 1986cc/130hp EFI, B20E
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes
Exterior color: Volvo color code 94, Dark Green
Interior Color: Volvo upholstery code 341-766, Beige/Brown
History of the 1961-1973 Volvo P1800/1800S/1800E/1800ES:
Volvo was best known for making sturdy but somewhat stodgy sedans in the mold of the PV544 and the 122 Amazon. In the 1950s, Volvo flirted with a sports car with the fiberglass P1900, but the quality was miserable as were the driving dynamics of the car. Volvo took another stab at a sporty car with the P1800 in 1961.
Design of the car was until very recently attributed to Frua of Italy, but in reality, it was a family affair, done primarily by a then-young Pelle Pettersen the son of 544 designer Helmer Pettersen. The car at least looked Italian, very much a product of the 1950s rather than the 1960s with neat tail fins and a short greenhouse with a tall beltline. Early cars were assembled by Jensen in West Bromwich, England.
Quality of the Jensen-built cars was, however, not up to Volvo’s standards (and the cars were notoriously rust-prone) so production was shifted to Volvo’s Gothenburg plant in Sweden in 1963 and the model name transitioned from P1800 to 1800S. A few years later, in 1969, the original 1.8-liter B18 engine was replaced with the 2.0-liter B20 for an added 18 hp. Both engines came with dual, English-made SU carburetors. In 1970, the 1800E came with a host of changes including a new instrument panel.
The last major variant was the 1800ES, a two-door wagon with a glass tailgate. Nearly as lovely as the coupe, it remains one of the most successful variations on the sports wagon theme.
Today, parts support for the 1800 remains good, and several specialists are available to take good care of owners.