Volvo 1800 ES
1973 Volvo 1800 ES - restoration completed in April 2019
Restored 1973 Volvo 1800 ES with the original 4-cylinder fuel-injected engine and automatic transmission. Only 51,506 miles on the odometer. The car has the factory original and highly disable Sea Green (factory color code 115) exterior color and brown leather interior. Great care was taken to restore the car to factory original, including is originally factory colors. The restoration included a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration and the car starts, drives and stops like new.
Odometer: 51506 miles
Chassis Number: 1836363-0003429
Engine: B20 with correct Bosch electronic fuel injection
Drive: Left-hand drive
Brakes: Model correct four-wheel disc brakes
Paint: Original Sea Green (factory color code 115 only offered 1973)
History of the Volvo 1800 ES:
Volvo introduced its final P1800 variant, the 1800ES, in 1972 as a two-door station wagon with a frameless, all-glass tailgate. The final design was chosen after two prototypes had been built by Sergio Coggiola and Pietro Frua. Both Italian prototypes were considered too futuristic, and instead in-house designer Jan Wilsgaard's proposal was accepted. The ES engine was downgraded to 125 hp (92 kW) by reducing the compression ratio with a thicker head gasket (engine variant B20F); although maximum power was slightly down the engine was less "peaky" and the car's on-the-road performance was improved.
The ES's rear backrest folded down to create a long flat loading area. As an alternative to the usual four-speed plus overdrive manual transmission, a Borg-Warner three-speed automatic was available in the 1800 ES. With stricter American safety and emissions standards looming for 1974, Volvo did not see fit to spend the considerable amount that would be necessary to redesign the small-volume 1800 ES. Only 8,077 examples of the ES were built in its two model years.