Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!  

Like Kim Kardashian, what really makes today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Volvo 1800es is what’s out back. In this case that’s the cool all-glass hatch capping the shapely shooting brake rearend. Let’s find out of the price on this Canadian coupe is shooting for the moon.

It’s unsurprising that yesterday’s 1988 BMW E28 M5 earned itself an overwhelming 83% Crack Pipe loss. I mean at $52,500 and in less than absolutely perfect condition it just didn’t add up. You know what does add up? The miles on old Volvos. Those Swedes just seem to never die.


Here we have an old Volvo—a 1973 Volvo 1800es to be precise—with only 122,000 miles on the clock. That likely means it’s just getting started.

It’s offered up in that magical northern land, Canada, and is claimed to have spent 20 years sitting in a barn up there just waiting to put on some more miles. That’s just what old Volvos like to do.


You no doubt remember the 1800es as it was the last edition of the venerable P1800 line, Volvo’s long-running sports car. What made the es unique when compared to its predecessors was the the roof which was stretched to meet an all-glass hatch, creating what is colloquially referred to as a shooting brake. Originally intended to serve the landed gentry, today the shooting brake embodies two disparate concepts that presently seem to be all over the news: rich people and guns.

You don’t have to actually own a gun to enjoy this Volvo. As a matter of fact you don’t have to be particularly rich either, but we’ll get to the price in a sec. First off however, the car.


The ad says that when found in the barn (or garage, or wherever it had been stashed away) it had suffered from poor storage prep resulting in a fuel system that had turned its gas into shellac. That’s bad, especially as the 1800es features Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection on its B20E and as we all know, FI likes dirty gas the way Michael Phelps like being dry. A four-speed stick backs up that 125-bhp four.

The ad notes that the fuel system has already been rejuvenated, with even the tank pulled and cleaned and coated. Other work intended to wake up the car from its two-decades of slumber include a new clutch and brake booster, as well as what’s described as ‘lots of other work.’


What hasn’t been done is much to the car’s aesthetics. It maintains a rich patina of age, or what some of us call old car-itis. The brown paint has lost its luster just about everywhere, and a poke in the boot shows that the hue isn’t even original.

There’s a small dent below the hatch that needs attention and the rubber looks bad all the way around. On the plus side the nose and bumpers look to be in great shape. That’s a big deal as the front of the 1800 is all welded together and that blade bumper, while handsome, offers little protection to its complex curves.


Squint a bit and you can see some classic Ferrari lines in that nose. Step around to the interior however, and you’ll note that it’s all classic Volvo. The seats here look to be in great shape, as does the headliner and door cards. The dash is a little tired, but does appear to be free of cracks or annoying aftermarket hula girls or gas, ass, or grass, nobody rides for free stickers.

Over all, it looks to be perfectly serviceable, and in fact the seller claims it to be among his fleet of daily drivers. He says the reason for the sale is that he is moving and in Sophie’s Choice fashion, can only take two of his present six cars along with him.


Right now he’s apparently living in Victoria BC and that means that his asking price is in Canadian dollars, 13,950 of them to be exact. That works out to about $10,677 in greenbacks, or around 9600€. What’s your take on that price for this Canadian Volvo longroof? Does that seem like a good deal for so classic a shooting brake? Or, does that price have you saying “give me a break?”

You decide!


Victoria BC Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Simon Tse for the hookup!

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