Classic Classified: 1973 Volvo 1800ES

Classic Classified: 1973 Volvo 1800ES
From: Hemmings Motor News
Date: December 1983
Price then: $6,000 ($14,400 adjusted for inflation, about the cost of a new 2016 Kia Rio today)
Price now: $7,400 – $31,000
Approximate dollar difference: $16,600 (assuming No. 1 condition)
Annual rate of return: 2.3%

Volvo: 1973 1800ES, new yellow paint, black leather, rebuilt engine and automatic transmission, cruise, Michelins, AM-FM-cassette, rust-free, air, 62,000 miles, $6,000

The term “classic Volvo” probably brings up mental images of the rolling boxes from the 1980s. Before that time, however, one model was blessed with some of the most striking lines of the early 1970s. If you are looking for beautiful European design on a budget, the P1800 series Volvo is a fine choice. As a used car, this example was reasonably priced and remains so today. While the 1800ES may not net you a large return on investment, you would be guaranteed to turn heads at your next Cars and Coffee.

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