A classic car dealer in New York City is selling a 1973 Volvo P1800 ES for $73,900, a princely sum for a 41-year old car by most means of measurement. The car in question isn’t just any P1800, however: Built in the last year of production, it was purchased new by a Kansas City Volvo dealer and it has just 90 original miles (145 kilometers) on the odometer.
The listing explains the P1800 ES has such low miles because it was part of the dealer’s private collection. The car evidently spent most of its life indoors but it was occasionally loaned to Volvo’s U.S. arm for use in promotional events such as car shows and press drives. The orange paint and the black upholstery are entirely original and it goes without saying there is not a speck of rust anywhere on the body.
The P1800 ES was the ultimate evolution of Volvo’s iconic sport coupe so it benefited from a market-specific fuel-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sent 112 horsepower to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission. The ad makes no mention of the P1800’s mechanical condition but the fact that it can be purchased with an extended warranty leads us to believe it is fully functional.
Is $73,900 (€53,800 / £44,300) too high for what is arguably the world’s best-preserved P1800 ES, or is it entirely justified?
Photos courtesy of Exotic Classics.