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Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Someone did this to a Volvo P1800 ES…

Jim Brennan July 22, 2012 For Sale, Weekend Edition 47 Comments

We just had a posting about how collectible the 2000 through 2004 Volvo S40 and V40 might be in the future. Well, I just happened to find an actual Volvo collectible, a 1973 Volvo P1800 ES, only it was modified. Take a look and see what happened to this once pristine Volvo…

This was once a 1973 Volvo P1800 ES, one of only 573 ever made between 1972 and 1973. This creation now rides on a Chevy S-10 chassis, and has a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 327 CID V-8 under the hood. Of course there is a Turbohydramatic transmission performing the shifting duties, and comes equipped with a Stage I Shift Kit. There is a set of custom fabricated side pipes to announce to the world you have no taste.

The interior has also been modified with a pair of Pontiac High Back seats, and finished in a fabric that shows the utter lack of detail that went into this car. The center console is in place, modified to accept the Auto Tranny selector, and the rest of the dash has been modified to accept black faced Autometer gauges. Yes, there is the tacky Clarion AM FM CD crammed in place, and there is the obviously tacky wood steering wheel, with a chrome horn button.

On the outside, the car has been painted in 2009 Hemi Orange with Rootbeer pearl, that “Shines beautifully in the sunlight”. Apparently, this was a perfect body, with no rust or damage or bondo issues. All the chrome and stainless trim is there in excellent condition, so this car started as a restorable P1800. The modified hood is held in place with chrome pins and the custom hood scoop is accented with its own custom grill. The wheels are True Spokes, said to “shine like a mirror and look perfect on this classic”.

Asking price for this rolling tribute to questionable taste? Try $29,500. Yes, almost $30,000 for a car that was once a Volvo Collectible, and is now a Hot Rod Reject. See the listing here, and let me know what you think of this abomination.

  • Joe Dunlap

    Get rid of the stupid side pipes, hood scoop, and garbage wheels, and you have what might fall into the somewhat pleasant "restomod" category. Having spent a few hour of my life working on/ driving a few of these, Id have to say the seats, at least, are a huge upgrade over the stockers. The SBC is just another mindless "because you can." The price, as is, is ridiculous. CP, and a pox on whoever did this. And his progeny.

  • It could be a lot worse. I mean, bring it home, lose the side pipes and replace the seats, then maybe mess with the stance a little and it would be fine. Plus, you can buy a water pump for $25.

  • racer193

    Thats ruined. and almost thirty large. what. who did this and why? Also they shouuld be shot

    • Nah, just break their wrenching hands, and weld their toolbox shut.

      • racer193

        Yep. there are so many better things he could have done with that car. But they decided to make it a truck. (s-10 frame)

  • I kind of like the side pipes.
    /hangs head

    • The Professor

      Yeah, me too. I've seen worse. That steering wheel has to go though, and probably those seats too.
      And for nearly 30 large? The guy's been drinking his bathwater..

  • eggsalad

    I don't know where you got your figures, but there were 8077 ES models made, not 573.

    I used to get mad at this stuff, but it's his car, so what if we think he butchered it?

    • UDman

      Took the figures from the listing. I would assume that the 573 were US models because I didn't think they were popular in the US.

      • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

        The book I have handy only has the simple table that breaks it down by year, 5008 world wide for the last year and 3070 the year before, so this has to be a US only number or just made-up. Man if this was a rust free ES with a blown drive train, ugh! But considering the S-10 chassis, I'm thinking it had a blown drive train and was parked for eight years or so and the bottom was rotten. Still pretty sinful, but then not so bad considering how hard body work is on these. But $30K? Only in Texas, everything's bigger down thar!

  • smalleyxb122

    That would be pretty sweet for about $6500, and even then, the side pipes would have to go. $29,500? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha *deep breath* ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  • Frere P.

    Seems a shame.

    I mean if I had an s-10 frame and a 327, I'd build one of these:

    <img src="http://www.willyshotrods.com/images/DSC09968.jpg&quot; width="600">

    • B72

      What and ruin a nice antique?

      Just kidding, I think there's room enough in the world for a few hot rods and restomods. Not feeling the price on the 1800ES, but not feeling the hate either.

      • OA5599

        I feel the same way. A 1977 high school parking lot would have been filled with 1973-model cars with side pipes, hood scoops, and wood steering wheels, and occasionally motivated by SBC. Sure, an Opel GT would have been a more common canvas than an 1800, but this one doesn't seem too out of place. The price tag does have too many digits, though.

      • Frere P.

        B72–rest easy
        This is the best of both worlds–Sitting on top of that s10 chassis is a purpose-built fiberglass-bodied kit 'inspired' by the old Willys coupe. http://www.willyshotrods.com/
        No classics were harmed in the making of this hot rod.
        Plus it's likely to be lighter and more rigid than one built from an original Willys coupe.

  • lilpoindexter

    TEXAS…In case anyone was wondering.

    • joshwebster84

      Aw come on. Bad taste lives everywhere.

  • Dan

    Should've used a Rover V8 (with quadruplet Webers) with one of them "shift it yerself" transmissions. Should've left the chassis stock (minus some suspension and drive-train upgrades). Should've also left the interior stock. I've never really been a fan of side pipes, so those should go too (hey, it's my opinion, amIright?). I actually don't mind the hood scoop (if it were functionally feeding air into said quadruplet Webers), but the hood pins gotta go. I think the stance of the vehicle is off too: Either the tires or the wheels are too tall. The wire wheels are okay, but maybe a better option would be Minilites (or off-brand Minilites).

    Or he could have just left it stock.

    • racer193

      What you said….. how much do you thin it would cost to but it back to almost how it left the factory. The upgrades you suggest are what I would do if it were mine and original. the stance looks off because its sitting on a quarter ton truck frame. why why WHY Would sombody do that to any old car. I like resto-mods..but on an old chev or ford or the like and only if your really bringing it back from the dead.


    Finally a Volvo worth owning. Sorry, I know I'm in the minority but other than the steering wheel and horn button, nothing else is really that bad. The wheels could have been a better choice (wires??) and the seats could have been done with nicer fabric, but really..everything else is fine.

    Of course, the ask surely means he is planning on keeping it. It's a 12K car, all day.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      I disagree with you but find no reason to thumbs down that comment, so I thumbs-uped back. Honestly It does not look too bad from the outside, pretty awesome actually. Side pipes are cool, even the wheels, but that interior and engine, just no creativity really at all.

  • johnk8

    Kinda reminds me of an AC Cobra changed into a wagon. The seats and steering wheel could be upgraded in 10 minutes and $500 off of ebay. I do wish it was a stick though. I think it's a b.a. little car…

  • Jethrine

    At least he didn't ruin a perfect Vega or worse, a perfect Pinto panel wagon.

    • racer193

      Those where ruined when they left the factory. and where garbage when itroduced but. Id take a monza and do the widebody racer to it and drive the hell out of it! He put a car on a truck frame

  • Devin

    I wonder what condition the car was in before it was modified. Pristine P1800ES? Screw that guy. Wrecked P1800ES? Well that's okay then.

    I don't agree with a lot of his choices, but if it was that or let it die, I'll take a resto-mod any day.

  • Scandinavian Flick

    That is bloody awful… An S10 chassis? Seriously? Why? What a jackass.

  • Bruno Balestra

    I am a big, big fan of restomods, but I would have gone with a Volvo/Yamaha V8 and would´ve tried to stay in the uch as possible. Wheels minilites or similar. NO WIRES! Hate them on almost anything.and while the trcuk frame is a terrible idea, I would have tubed it. You knw, flush with the lives and upholstered like the ehadliner, but the added stiffness of the cage would justify it. I like the ieda, hate the execution.

  • TurboBrick

    Toss the 327 emblems and hood pins, they're just useless gingerbread. The hood scoop is there probably for clearance reasons, so that gets a pass for now. Interior needs a bit more cleanup, that 80's GM grade center console needs to go… and it's kind of neat. I'm going to assume that this was sewn back together from a horrible basket case to begin with.

  • B72

    I think the 327 badge is tasteful.

    • randomusername

      A 4.4 V8 from the XC90 / S80 and a 268 badge would be even more tasteful.

      • B72

        Taste is a matter of….taste.

        • randomusername

          That it is… And i agree with you. I would ditch the wheels and sidepipes though. Sidepipes are okay on a Stingray but that's about it. Maybe a 4.4 Litre badge to go with the imaginary Volvo/Yamaha V8,

  • 4doornomore

    I'd drive it just for the dirty looks that it got me. Purists be damned.

    Big motor, small car, public scorn; that's the essence of hot rod, right there.

  • 327? S10 frame? It looks like a Volvo crouching on a Chevy truck, which is what it is. Its an abomination, heresy, but I kind of like it. The Volvo grill is grinning like a maniac, because this Chevolvo will kick ass on pretty much anything that a purist or nay sayer will try to race it with. It's a bastard, but sometimes I like bastards like this. Especially when I'm not planning to buy the thing. If I'm gonna piss away that much money, I can think of better ways to do it.

  • mechedoc

    I'm wondering how hard it would be to incorporate parts from the Syclone and make this AWD?

    • OA5599

      Unless you are going to turbo it, use the AWD from an Astro van instead. It's the same parts, but packaged in a cheaper donor vehicle.

      That being said, there are differences between the RWD and 4×4 S-10 frames and suspensions that would add a significant level of cost and difficulty to the swap, and you would also need lots of modification to the floor/dash/console areas in order to fit the transfer case and other extra hardware. Also, a Sy/Ty is pretty cramped under the hood, and the Volvo's hood shot doesn't look like there is much room left.

  • EmbracingEntropy

    Makes me sad.

  • Everybody is complaining about the S-10 frame. It is a small solid axle RWD frame, so what if it came from a truck. Is it really that different than say a MGB or Pinto? A few things aren't to my taste on this, but I would like to know if he trashed a decent Volvo frame or just took the cheaper way out on a restoration. $29.5k is crackpipe no matter what.

  • If you're going to put it on a truck frame…LIFT IT!


    <img src="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/1/web/3181000-3181999/3181934_73_full.jpg"&gt;
    IMG from cardomain.com

  • dukeisduke

    As a fellow Texan, that car embarrasses me. And, when I went in to look at the ad, I recognized the Web site. The guy that owns that dealership came to one of our Corvair club meetings a couple of years ago, and drove a shoebox Ford

  • dukeisduke

    And the buckets seats are out of a Fiero.

  • BAMacPherson

    Last week I said that here at Hooniverse we like our cars with extra helpings of blasphemy and a sprinkling of sacrilege. I should have kept my stupid mouth shut….

  • safetystephen

    Awesome sauce. Sorry but I like shooting brakes, 327s and S10s. The original orange interior needs to go or be replaced but looks like a solid, complete starting point. I think I'd take that interior more into the Jensen direction, and clean up the center`console/shifter. Perhaps a more subtle red leather interior, white piping, new rugs, and a bit more wood thanks. And swap out that tach post haste!

  • I liked this Volvo you trolls. But the price is too high.

    I've seen worse car mods..

    • bert

      Heck Yeah! I'd drive it! But I wouldn't pay more than 6500 andI'd change the ststeering wheel but everything else looks pretty bad asss to me.

  • ed . c

    listen youy son of a vetren with a smashoehorse peg leg and one shoes smaller that th other what happened to that beast for $5000 dollars i got The czash togeather looks like I'll have to shop Around Unless you got it and you can email meEh~!