1973 Volvo 1800ES

RM Online Only - Open Roads, March
Wednesday, 17 March - Thursday, 25 March 2021
Not sold at a high bid of
$30,000 - $35,000
Est. Range
Lot Number
Enthusiast restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 1836353006468. Gold Metallic over black leatherette. 1986/130hp, 4-speed with overdrive, factory pushbutton radio, dash clock, rear mud guards, tool roll.

Evaluation: Located in New Jersey. Older full restoration but done on a budget. Mismatched tires front to back. Tidy engine bay. Dirt and oxidation underneath. A good driver. 217,568 miles done on the chassis, but the drivetrain was rebuilt during the restoration and Volvo 1800s are famously robust.

Bottom Line: Not sold after a bit of a last-minute bidding frenzy, which arrived at a perfectly reasonable offer. This Volvo sold for $16,800 on Bring a Trailer back in 2015, when 1800s were considerably more affordable than they are today and before these cars got the high-dollar restorations that are more common to them today.

It looks much the same as it did on Bring a Trailer and the odometer only shows 2049 more miles. The seller here is also likely the same person who bought it in 2015, so why they refused a $10,000 profit for a car they owned for six years and barely drove is a mystery.

by Andrew Newton
1 April 2021
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