do you fancy buying a 40-year-old new car? as bizarre as the question might sound, it is actually possible and the car in question is this 1973 Volvo 1800 ES. well, maybe it is not the new, new car that was fresh out of the factory, but it has a very young heart: this 1800 ES clocked just 90 miles (145 kilometers) on the odometer throughout its 40 plus years and it could be yours, if you are residing in North America, for just $73,900. sold through ExoticClassics, the 1973 Volvo 1800 ES was said to have been first purchased from its original owner, a long time Kansas City Volvo Dealer, and has been borrowed and displayed by Volvo for various promotional purposes.
this super low mileage classic is a two-door station wagon, or shooting brake body style as known by people of today and is powered a 112 hp four-cylinder B20 engine, mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. this car was among the range toppers of its time, having an all-steel monocoque chassis and coupled with disc brakes all-round. the ES was the last model of the 1800 series which only had a short two-year production life. along with the beautiful shooting brake body, it has an all-glass tailgate and features a fold-down backrest that turns the back into a flat loading area. this particular rare low mileage example here features an orange paint job and a classic black leather interior, though we are not sure if those are the originals, or had it been refurbished.
there is another thing to note though; by record, the then 1800ES of that time (between 1972 and 1973 when it was produced) had a rated power of 124 hp and so we are not sure why ExoticClassics listed it at 112 hp. perhaps a typo? like they did when they described it as having a 5-speed transmission in the description? we really don’t know. have a few more look in the image gallery below.