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1965 Volvo P1800 S Private

Cars Binissalem   70 views
Location: Binissalem
Price: $34,750 Negotiable

This 1965 Volvo P1800 S is a well-cared for example with 96k miles powered by its factory 1.8L inline-four paired to a 4-speed manual. The car was mechanically refreshed in the late 1980s by the second owner, who bought it in California in 1972 and eventually stored it for ten years. He performed a bottom end overhaul of the engine, rebuilt the transmission, and replaced the clutch. After moving to Pennsylvania the car was then sold to the third owner who had the top end of the engine done, refurbished the cosmetics, and added wire wheels in the mid 90s before repainting it in 2003. The seller has owned the car since 2006 and it has only been driven in the spring and summer months. She is not able to drive this P1800 S as much as she would like, and is now offering it with service records that date back to the refurbishment work and a clean Massachusetts title.

The car was repainted to match the original Light Blue (89) by the previous owner in the mid 1990s, and again in 2003. The most recent work appears to have been performed at a high standard, and has been kept in good shape by the seller having it stored in a facility that specializes in vintage car storage in Salem. The seller was told the car has no history of any accidents or body repair.

The S in the nomenclature stands for Svierige (Sweden) and refers to the car being built at Volvo’s Lundby plant in Gothenburg, as opposed to the previous P1800 models that were built by Jensen Motors in Scotland. The earlier Jensen built cars did not stand up to Volvo’s standards and the cars were built in Sweden from 1963 onward. The 1965 MY saw straight front bumpers replace the “Bull Horn” bumpers from earlier years.

The previous owner replaced the shocks and anti-roll bars, and added 15″ Dayton wire wheels to the car after the cosmetic work was complete. The wheels look bright and wear newer Pirelli P6000 tires with good tread left.

The chrome brightwork appears to have been either re-plated or replaced at some point, and is in fine condition throughout with no dents or oxidation present. Aftermarket Talbot side mirrors were added by the previous owner and look sharp.

The subtle tailfins and design work from Pelle Peterson were influenced by Italian designer Pietro Frua, where Peterson worked at the time. The Lucas taillights and indicators are fully functional, as are the newer headlamps. There are no cracks in the lenses, though there are a few small cracks in the rubber seal surrounding the left taillight. The remaining exterior rubber shows some minor UV damage in a few areas around the windows.

Inside, the black upholstery and grey carpeting look clean and the dash has no cracks. The seats are in good condition and appear to have seen little use since their refurbishment, though some wear on the piping on the outside edge of the driver’s seat is present.

The Smiths gauges with blue centers look great against the aluminum and chrome details in the dash panel, and are said to all work properly. The original AM radio is in place, and a Kenwood CD player has been installed under the dash along with 6×9 speakers on the rear parcel shelf.

The rear bench seat with embossed Volvo emblem appears to be in very nice shape. The original luggage straps still work as they should.

The video above was provided by the seller and shows the good condition of the interior.

The factory 1782cc B18 inline-four looks clean inside the tidy engine bay. The engine was good for 104hp when new and distributes power to the rear wheels via a 4-speed M41 manual gearbox with Laycock overdrive.

The second owner had the bottom end of the engine overhauled in the late 1980s with a new crankshaft, bearings, pistons, and associated hardware. He also had the transmission overhauled and the clutch replaced. The previous owner completed extensive work on the top end in the mid 1990s that included a new head, cam, cam gears, intake, exhaust manifold, Weber 45 side-draft carbs, fuel pump, water pump, header, stainless exhaust system with Dynomax muffler, and alternator. The brake master cylinder was also replaced.

The seller replaced the clutch last year, and has recently replaced the electric fuel pump.

Several photos of the underbody can be seen in the gallery below, and show a dry chassis with typical minor surface rust on some of the bolts and suspension components.

A box of receipts with service records and paperwork from the previous owners show the work performed on the car over the years. In addition, a copy of a lengthy email from the previous owner describes the work done in detail, and records from service by the seller’s mechanic are included. The mechanic is available to discuss the work with any interested parties.

The seller has provided a video of the exterior while the car is running.