Volvo 1800 ES
Pigment Print on Canson Platine Fibre Rag
Print size: 43,2 x 34,7cm
Edition: 250 signed and numbered prints.
Volvo 1800 ES
When Volvo closed down production of their 1800 ES, after just two years, and instead introduced the 240 series the mediocre had, once again, won the victory over the form perfected.
In the autumn of 1968, a handmade ES prototype made by the Italian bodywork company Coggiola arrived in Gothenburg. Responsible for the design was Volvo´s expert on estates, Jan Wilsgaard. The result was as cool as unconventional. The roof of the p1800 had been extended, and the car had been turned into a hatchback sports car with the tailgate made of tempered glass. Instead of distorting the original, it had been refined. Nevertheless, it would take a few years before 1800 ES came into production, just in time for model year 1972.
Driving a 1800 ES is a pleasurable experience. With one hand on the near-vertical steering wheel and the other on the large gear knob, it is reminiscent of a time before the yuppies, Curt Cobain and IT boom. What you discover in the 1800 ES is a civilized touring car which is very easy to like. The fuel injected B-20 engine does its job without scaring either yourself or others on the road, but is sufficiently dynamic not to embarrass you at red lights and when overtaking. If you choose a manual version, which is preferable, it is equipped with an overdrive from Laycock de Normanville. This makes the long drive to a pleasure as long as the rubber seals around the door are healthy and you do not get whistle noises and drafts around the neck. The vehicle’s high waistline, in combination with the low position of the chairs, makes its visibility slightly restricted. On the other hand, this is a matter of habit and is more than compensated by other road users, appreciative glances, the majority appears to have a smile to spare for the Volvo 1800 ES.
When the last ES wagon left the Volvo plant at 14.00 June 27, 1973, only 8078 copies had been made. The official explanation for the model to be discontinued was the new stringent safety requirements of the vital U.S. market. More and more people discover that the Volvo 1800 ES is a perfect combination of fun, reliability and classic sports car lines.
Volvo 1800 ES (1973)
Engine: straight-four 1986cm3
Max power: 124 hp DIN.
0-100 km/h: 10,8 Sec.
Top speed: 185 km/h.
Curb weight: 1610 kg.
Configuration: Rear wheel drive,
Front engine, 4-gear manual with overdrive or 3-step automatic.
Fuel consumption: 9,0 l/100 km.