1972 Volvo 1800ES

Lot: 163

Sold for (£): 12,980
Offered for sale is a 2.0L 1972 Volvo 1800ES manual that has been with the current owner for over 10 years. Coming with an extensive history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 108 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

A fully restored 1972 Volvo 1800 ES. A fine pampered example oozing Scandinavian charm. First registered new in the UK in March 1972, this elegant car shows just 2 former keepers from new.

Finished in light blue metallic, this Volvo 1800 ES was purchased by the vendor in 2004 and is said to have been used and enjoyed for several years before it became apparent that serious work was required to keep it on the road. We are told that the decision was then made to restore it, and this was eventually achieved. It is said now to be in very good condition overall.

Full body restoration. Replacement of all corroded metalwork with original or Volvo parts by independent Volvo garage. Bare metal re-spray in 2008. All brightwork and rubber seals replaced. Engine refreshed. All brakes/wheels/tyres/steering refurbished or replaced. Fuel system refurbished/replaced. Exhaust system replaced. Interior refreshed to maintain patina.

In detail:

Full body restoration:
Nose section/bonnet from rust free car
New inner wings
New outer wings
Repaired windscreen surround
New floors front and back
New Volvo 3 part sills
Rust repairs as required to rear pillars, rear panel and rear hatch surround
Bare metal respray in PPG 2k to correct colour specification

Head gasket change and engine recommission
Refurbished injectors and new seals etc throughout
Rear main seal upgrade
New clutch
New camshaft
Tubular extractor manifold
Stainless exhaust system
Overdrive is fully functional
New fuel pump with pre-pump filter
Refurbished fuel tank
New fuel lines
Volvo 240 Virgo alloys (x5) with new tyres
New brake discs and backing plates, and refurbished calipers all round, with new cunifer pipes. New wheel bearings.

The vendor believes this unusual and desirable car to be probably one of only a few rust free examples on the market. Enthusiastically the vendor goes on to inform us as you can see from the above, there has been no expense spared in the restoration. It was intended to be a keeper, but a new project forces sale. 



Lot Details

Registration: CWO 882K RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1972 Engine size: 2.0L
Make: Volvo Odometer reading (miles): 76500
Model: 1800ES MOT expiry: 2016-10-20
Warranted: No Chassis number: 1834352 1069

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 108 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Full bare metal respray in PPG 2 pack paint. Restored Britax Webasto sunroof. Excellent original or new brightwork and trim throughout. Stunning!


Door-cards: Carpets:
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Dashboard: Boot:


An extremely good condition interior that is original and therefore has a small amount of patina. There is a small toolkit, the correct original jack, and even a period Volvo First Aid kit!


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


Fully functional Bosch D-Jet system, with new camshaft, rear engine seal modification, refurbished injectors. Tubular extractor manifold connected to stainless steel exhaust with stock appearance.


Gears: Drive-shaft:


Shifts extremely well with no noise or vagueness. Overdrive gearbox fully functional on 4th gear.

Running Gear

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Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


Very good throughout. Alloy wheels with very low mileage tyres. New bushes on front ARB and control arms. New brake discs, pads, refurbished calipers and new pipes throughout. New wheel bearings. No differential noise. Some squeaks from new rear suspension bushes. Springs/dampers not recently replaced.


Minor: Major:


Extremely good throughout. Fully functional.

Vehicle History


A fresh MOT certificate with an expiry of 20/10/15 was issued, with no advisories. Limited early history excepting the Warranty book that has the initial services and then sporadic entries up to 1989/55000 miles. The car was then laid-up until 2004 when purchased by myself. I have a receipt from the original owner who I bought the car from. We have full documentation from 2004 including all receipts and a full photographic file of the restoration. There are also some contemporary information booklets. There is also a hard to find 'Green Book' service manual included, together with an instruction book.

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history