1972 Volvo 1800ES Station Wagon
The brand name Volvo was originally registered as a trademark in
May 1911 with the intention to be used for a new series of SKF ball
bearings. It means "I roll" in Latin, conjugated from "volvere".
The idea was short-lived, and SKF decided to simply use its
initials as the trademark for all its bearing products.
For consignment a car not seen every day, but when we do we are
happy we did! A Volvo 1800ES Station Wagon from 1972. Only produced
for 2 years, it is a beautiful mix of the Sedan and a Wagon, taking
all the right cues from both and putting them together in a low
slung, glass backed hauler that looks great, performs like a champ,
and has a bullet proof, extra thick metal construction for added
safety, which the Swedes are known for. Our car here has only
34,398 original miles.
A sporty example donning our hallowed halls has been bathed in dark
blue and it is showing nicely with just a few slight battle scars
and some scratches obtained throughout the years. Chrome is
excellent, all nice and shiny throughout. Looking over the exterior
shape carefully, we can see the two cars coming together with the
front end being the sedan styling. This being the single headlight
mounted to the quarters, oval grille (shades of earlier Ferraris)
in front of a vertically ribbed air space inside. Two thick bezeled
round signal lights below the headlights, and a clean curved bumper
below. Past the B pillar the other car (the wagon) takes over and
becomes distinctly spacious while remaining ultra sporty with its
low roofline, and large rear glass gate. Horizontal lighting is
flanking below as is a crash bumper, and the curved dual exhaust
outlets peeking out the passenger's bottom. Gray steel wheels with
trim rings and chromed lugs are seen on all 4 corners. All window
trimmings and add ons as to badging are looking pristine.
Decidedly Swedish with dark blue vinyl mixing with some peppered
pattern dark and light blue with a hint of white speckled tweed
inserts. Handles are shiny and the pull is showroom condition on
each door. Inside the pattern continues with tuck and roll inserts
in the peppered tweed, dark blue piping in lieu of the stitching,
peppered bolsters, and clean smooth dark blue vinyl on the sides of
these high back integrated headrest chairs. The second row is a
bench, but more like a 2 plus 2 bench and is probably more comfy
for kids and cargo as it would be for adults, but it works, and
folds down to reveal a surprising amount of cargo space. Blue
carpeting is covering all floors and is all clean and well kept. An
original dash setup is there, and all working and is made up of
padded blue vinyl dash top, and padded lower dark blue band with
some wood applique being the background for the dash front.
Headliner is plenty of tight vinyl real estate above in dark
Under the hood a clean well presenting 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine
sporting a Bosch EFI system, and a Laycock-Normanville OD 4-speed
manual transmission. Nicely detailed with very little corrosion
Within the patina rust free surfaces of the undercarriage is seen a
new fuel tank, solid suspension with independent coil springs
upfront, and on back, a rigid axle with trailing arms, panhard rod
and coil springs. Power disc brakes are all around.
We definitely got excited about this model as only a touch over
8,000 were built during the two year run. Sadly, Volvo gave up on
it as it was an older chassis and the new USA regs were killing
them on expenses. That said, they produced a true winner with great
performance, snappy acceleration, nice handling, and quick bias
free braking on the panic stop.
So, we have a sporty low slung grocery getter, kid hauler, and
fairly rare example of this greenhouse glassed gated Valve 1800ES
wagon. A utilitarian sports car.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.