Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
The 1800 is a rare car. There were almost 47,000 made between 1961 and 1973, so that less than 5000/year production. The ES 'wagon' was only made in the last two years so they are rarer still.
Mechanically they are Volvos. Most engine/driveline/brake parts are common to 122s and 140s. That stuff is simple, it's the trim, glass and small bits that are unique to 1800s and are, in some cases, impossible to find.
They do rust. Commom areas are over the rear wheels, floors by the jacking points, the side walls under the hood above the front inner fenders (large captive area), Most of these areas have replacement steel available, but it's tedious to fix with all the double walled areas. There is support for these cars. Clubs and shops that have parts.
They suffer from undervaluation because of their marque. It would cost the same to resore a Jaguar E-type, Austin Healy 3000 or Volvo 1800 but the end result value would be considerably less in the Volvo's case. Still a beautiful car that most people cannot recognize, and are always surprised to find that it's a Volvo.
Buy the best car you can afford. Maybe an older restoration that could use some TLC or a project someone has given up on.
64 Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850 clone, 73 1800ES, 74 Land Rover Series III, 80 Mini 1380, 04 Jeep GC Overland & 2010 Nitro