The traditional shooting brake is one of the most elusive-yet-desirable car platforms in recorded history. This Volvo 1800ES ramps up the want by being perhaps the most elegant example of what can be done when you mix coupe-grade fun with wagon-grade practicality.
This 1973 Volvo 1800ES oozes character. It isn't perfect by any means, but it's a testament to aesthetically pleasing Swedish design, sort of like Ikea without the crappy build quality. Only 8,000 examples of this car were built, so there is a bit of future classic potential here. Couple that with its more than adequate 125 horsepower engine and you have a car that isn't a liability in traffic and welcome at every Cars and Coffee around the country, and perhaps the world.
Sure, it might need some slight reconditioning, but even at the Buy It Now price, it's a Swedish ton of style and practicality for the money.
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