Classic Iron: 1972 Volvo 1800E on BAT

This incredibly clean ’72 Volvo 1800E showed up on the Bring a Trailer auction site a few days ago, and it is absolutely stunning. The high-resolution photo gallery is huge, and includes pictures of service receipts, shots from underneath the car, and even a driving video that I’ve included, above.

You can check out the original BAT post by clicking here. There’s not much time left on the auction, though, so you’d better click fast if you’re interested in buying it. Otherwise, you can check out (what I think are) the relevant parts of the ’72 1800E’s description, originally published on BAT, below.


    1972 Volvo 1800E 4-Speed W/Overdrive

    This 1972 Volvo 1800E is a 4-speed manual equipped example with electronic overdrive. Originally equipped with an automatic transmission, this car was converted to a manual transmission during a refurbishment performed by the previous owner in 2003-2004. The seller purchased the car out of a private collection recently, and fitted new stainless steel trim, badging, window seals, as well as several mechanical services including setting the timing, fitting a new valve cover gasket, pinion seal and more detailed below. This 1800E is being offered with a clean Michigan title in the seller’s name.

    Originally Light Blue Metallic (code 111), the car was repainted in DuPont 36756A dark green, which the seller states is slightly lighter than Volvo code 94. The seller has replaced much of the stainless trim, as well as the rubber side window, windshield and door seals, as well as the badging in preparation for sale.

    The cabin features late-production P1800 seats with integrated headrests, and has been modified with an aftermarket steering wheel and aftermarket radio with speakers in the back deck. The original three-spoke steering wheel is included and pictured in the gallery. The carpets have been replaced with a complete carpet kit, which appear clean and well fitted. The seller states that the car was previously equipped with dealer-installed A/C, though most of the system has since been removed.

    Just under 91k miles are shown on the six-digit odometer, and is believed to be correct. The seller states that all of the interior features work as they should, including the clock and radio.

    The P1800E is powered by a 2.0L B20 inline-four with electronic fuel injection and backed by a 4-speed manual transmission with working electronic overdrive. The car was originally equipped with an automatic transmission, and the seller states that with the current transmission and the original rear end the car shows 3000 rpm at 70 mph. Recent services performed in August 2017 include a timing adjustment, new temperature sensor and throttle sensor, new valve cover gasket and pinion seal, as well as an oil and lubrication service.

    The seller has performed a compression test, which showed 150PSI on cylinders 1,3 and 4, and 140PSI on cylinder 2. Invoices for parts installed during the 2003-2004 refurbishment are included in the gallery. New mechanical parts installed at that time include new brake calipers, pads and hardlines, a water temperature sender, tie rod ends, and more.


Source | Images: Bring a Trailer.

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