2012 Volvo S60 T5: Long Lost Volvo Relative
September 15, 2011
The picture pretty much says it all, but some details follow after the jump.
This was a random encounter. I had pulled into the parking lot for a local farmers' market and spotted the P1800. It seemed only natural to park next to it.
After getting my selected local produce and walking back to the S60, I noticed a couple guys talking next to the P1800. It turned out one of them was the owner. He had seen the S60 and was waiting for the owner (me) to show up.
We chatted a bit about his car. The details are a little fuzzy, but I believe he said his car was a 1971 P1800E. The paint isn't an original color and was part of a 1990s-era restoration. Other mods included the bigger wheels and tires and upgraded horsepower.
He said he had actually owned the car for just a few days. He bought it for $6,500. Apparently, that's pretty cheap as original-condition P1800s go for a lot more. The car will actually be a surprise gift for his sister who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I guess he's into old Volvos (he owns others, but I can't remember what he said he had) and she always wanted one. So if you live in Boulder, keep an eye out for this formerly Californian P1800E.
I asked him what he thought of our S60. He said it looked nice, though it was obvious that he wasn't all that up-to-date with (or all that interested in) Volvo's newest cars.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor