1966 Volvo 1800S

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2021
Thursday, 17 June - Saturday, 19 June 2021
Sale Price
18 June 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Enthusiast restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. 17184. California White over black leather. 1778cc four with single Weber, 4-speed with overdrive, hub caps and trim rings, store brand tires, dual sport mirrors, Alpine CD stereo.

Evaluation: Early S model 1800. The S stands for Sweden, after Volvo moved production to its own facilities (Jensen in the UK screwed together the early cars). Presentable, lightly scratched chrome but there is severe pitting on a few trim pieces. Quick respray with masking errors and orange peel. Lightly scratched rear window and wiper marks on the windshield. Recently undercoated chassis and tidy engine bay. The doors stick out slightly. Good interior with new-looking seats and a clean dash, but the badge on the steering wheel is cracked. Represented with a full service this March. Volvo 1800s are gorgeous, usable classics and this is a solid driver for the most part, although it borders on scruffy.

Bottom Line: Volvo 1800s were low-priced classics for a long time and budget restorations like this were the norm. But more recently people caught on to just how good these sexy Swedes are and have been putting more money into them. This is driver-quality money for a driver-quality car, but it leaves the new owner with little room to make serious improvements.

by Andrew Newton
23 June 2021
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Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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