1972 Volvo P1800ES

Just two scant years ago, Volvo killed off it’s C30 hatchback. It wasn’t a huge seller, but this car offered unique styling and competent performance in a tidy, near luxury package. It was also a flattering throwback to this car we see here, the P1800ES. The P1800ES didn’t have a long production span, but it made an impact on an otherwise staid lineup at the time, save for the P1800 coupe that it was based on. This example for sale in New York has the desirable 4-speed manual gearbox and benefitted from a bare metal respray. On Minilite style wheels, this is one attractive shooting brake.

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Practical Saint: 1973 Volvo P1800ES

There’s a running joke here at GCFSB regarding Volvos and SAABs. Without exception, every time we post one someone comments either here or on our Facebook page that those two manufacturers aren’t German. It doesn’t really matter that we explain nearly every time that though we know this, we still enjoy to look at a super Swede from time to time since – let’s face it – a majority of people on Facebook don’t actually read the articles that are posted, but rather just react to the headlines. Now, we could actually get into a discussion about how the Swedes are actually a Germanic based tribe if you go back far enough, or how many of their engineering principles fall in line with those of their Southern neighbors. We could mention that many of the newer Volvos and SAABs actually utilized German derived chassis from either Ford Europe or GM’s Opel division. But that would be pointless since those arguments don’t apply to today’s example, the P1800ES. You see, Volvo is mostly regarded as builders of very slow moving, very safe and very conservative boxes – but go back a few generations, and Volvo threw a few curve balls as the plate. None were more curvy than the P1800, a pseudo-sports car with stunning looks available in coupe version or the more rare 2-door wagon:

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1973 Volvo P1800ES

In case you missed it, Volvo released a stunning concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Concept Estate is a modern take on what seems like an extinct breed these days: the shooting brake. The estate car is experiencing a little bit of a resurgence amongst enthusiast communities across the US, mainly due to fast five-doors like the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate. However, the two-door estate vehicle, or shooting brake, is still a bit too obscure for the mainstream American motoring public. The MINI Clubman is about as close as we’ve seen lately to a two-door estate vehicle, and even that one had a third door on the side.

The Volvo P1800ES was a curiosity, built towards the end of the P1800 run for 1972 and 1973 only, with a little over 8,000 produced. The trademark glass rear hatch would go on to be copied in later Volvo hatchbacks such as the 480ES and C30. This example for sale in New York is a well sorted example in a sharp red orange color that looks idyllic against the autumn backdrop in these photos.

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1988 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon

One of my favorite Volkswagens from the 1980s is one that you rarely see on the roads anymore. The Fox Wagon. This was an oddity in the US lineup for only a couple of years, a compact, two-door shooting brake of an estate car that was courtesy of Volkswagen of Brazil, where it was sold as the Gol. These were a bit of a reprisal of the idea of the “people’s car” for VW, a basic, no frills model offering German engineering at a discount. While the wagon was discontinued after the 1990 model year, the model range would get a refresh, carrying on with the two and four door sedan models through 1993. This 1988 Wagon for sale in Florida is a chance to sample an almost forgotten model in recent Volkswagen memory.

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1989 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon – REVISIT

The Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon we featured last month is back up for sale at no reserve. For those who like their Volkswagens with a bit of South American flavor, these Fox Wagons are affordable and rather rare modern classics.

The below post originally appeared on our site June 30, 2014:

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Wagon Week: 1973 Volvo P1800ES

Yes, it’s not German, but from time to time, we here at GCFSB like to feature the errant unique or fast Swede. And since it’s Wagon Week, what better way to celebrate the stylish shooting brake that is the Volvo P1800ES? Designed in-house by Volvo and available for two model years only, this 1973 example represents the final year this automotive oddity was offered. The car’s most unique feature, the rear glass hatch, is a design feature that was seen years later on the 480 and C30 hatchbacks. This particular P1800ES for sale in Oregon is a two owner car, having been sourced from an estate sale from a long-time owner.

Year: 1973
Model: P1800ES
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 128,056 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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This is my Volvo 1800 ES, current mileage is 128,058, and that is pretty accurate because when the speedometer went south last year I had it rebuilt without any drive time while getting repaired. I am the 2nd owner and had her for almost 2 years, mileage when I bought her was 125,662. I had been looking for an ES 4-speed with overdrive for about 3 months before coming through with this one. It was tough out there, had seen many but almost everyone had rust or rot issues and if you know these cars then you know rust can be a BIG issue. This one is rust free, no rust on the doors, no blistering at the seams, no rust or rot on the frame, floor pans, or spare tire well. It has had a repaint some time back by the original owner, paint is very nice but has some chips. I did go around the car with a magnet (as did the broker I bought it from) and found no Bondo. One of the hood hinges was frozen and had ginked the metal on the front edge of the hood. I pulled the hinge and freed it up and had the hood repaired though I did the added paint in that area which isn’t stellar but is adequate.

This was a California Blue Plate car but when I moved to Southern Oregon last Sept. I had to have the plates swapped out. Yes, I’m in Oregon but I’ve never driven her in the snow, rain or wet roads, I have other cars for those days.

I’ve done a few things to the car but not much was needed. I replaced a some of the side moldings because the former owner parked next to someone that like to swing open their doors with reckless abandon causing dings to both the moldings (which are soft aluminum) and the sides of the car. I had the brakes replaced and bearings checked and greased. I found a spare parts car and pulled off a few items and swapped whatever I thought was less then stellar. The front seats from the parts car are in her now, these are vinyl, the originals were leather but were dry and cracking.

There was an issue with the 2nd gear syncro so I had the transmission gone through and had a new clutch installed at the same time. They were also supposed to replace the rear main seal, and they may have, but I have a small drip and haven’t located the source, may be that.

All gauges work and are clear, the exception being the Water Temp which has a tiny amount of fog. The clock works and is the original mechanism. I had it repaired and not replaced with a quartz movement, it does run a little fast, picks up about 5 minutes every other week. It takes a very hot day to get the Oil Temp or the Water Temp gauges to go up but they do, this is just a very cool running car. The broker I bought the car from was a high end auto broker (he got it from the estate and never registered so I am the second owner) and he had mentioned going though the car fairly well and one of the things he did was a radiator flush / inspection, brake lines and hoses as well. He had also the tires so you’ll be rolling of four still fresh Goodyear Eagle LS2’s. The radio is a Blaupunkt AM / FM that I believe is original to the car.

Other than that, it’s a dream to drive, quick and sporty, very unique and gets compliments wherever I go. It’s been reliable and has no issues, drives straight with no shimmies or shakes, doesn’t smoke or burn oil. There is probably a lot more I can be telling you but I’m feeling like I’m writing a book, if you have questions please ask, if you need additional pictures, please ask. If you need to have the car inspected please ask. I will drive the car to the winning bidder within a reasonable distance but YOU have to get me home.

FOR SOME REASON THIS AD ONLY AND NOT MY OTHERS IS SHOWING MY 1800 ES LOCATION AS SUN VALLEY CALIFORNIA, THIS IS INCORRECT, THE LOCATION IS SOUTHERN OREGON, THE TOWN OF JACKSONVILLE, 97530.

I tried to correct this but can’t after receiving bids. I will try to have corrected thru customer service, sorry for this mistake and any inconvenience.

I appreciate cars such as this that have been sympathetically reserved rather than restored to the nines. It’s hard to find these in rust free condition, especially one that hasn’t been completely overhauled. At the high end, a decent P1800ES will set you back anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000. The patina of originality is a nice thing to have, so I’d suspect this particular car might reach around the $20,000 mark somewhere to the right buyer.

-Paul

Future Collectables? 1999 Z3 2.8 Coupe and 2008 Z4 3.0si Coupe

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Recently, Rob wrote up a pristine and well priced Z3 M Coupe and hinted that this will be a future collectable. I have to agree; they’re rare cars to see, they had a neat design, great driving characteristics and the limited production numbers guaranteed exclusivity. Like Rob, I remember well my first drive in one of these Z Coupes; it was a Imola Red Z3 M Coupe and the BMW rep said to me “I just ate my lunch, so don’t go crazy, okay?” It was a fun rocket ship in a clever package that looked like it wanted to beat you up. Great, so go grab one and wait for it to appreciate, right? Well, not so fast; while the M versions of both the Z3 and Z4 were quite desirable, there is a slightly less traveled road to take if you care to speculate. Welcome, then, to the quite rare non-M versions of both the Z coupes; today we’re looking at a Z4 3.0si Coupe and a Z3 2.8 Coupe. Let’s start with the Z4:

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Year: 2008
Model: Z4 3.0si Coupe
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 33,000 mi
Price: $26,900 Buy It Now

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The 2008 BMW Z4 roadster comes in three models (3.0i, 3.0si, and M), and coupes come in two trims (3.0si and M). Each trim brings different engines underhood. The 3.0i is powered by a 215-horsepower, 3.0L in-line six-cylinder engine, while the 3.0si gets a more powerful, 255-horsepower version of the 3.0L; both have Valvetronic variable valve lift. The top-of-the-range M includes a 330-horsepower, 3.2L six. All three models come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles is optional on the 3.0i and 3.0si.Roadsters have a fully automatic power folding soft top, with dual-layer material, an aluminum and magnesium frame for light weight, and a heated rear window.The Z4’s proportions, with a long hood and a rearward seating position, allow for an excellent weight distribution and good dynamics for high-performance driving. The 3.0i and 3.0si models have electric power steering, while the M has a hydraulic power steering system. Coupes get a special performance-optimized suspension calibration, and all Z4s come with run-flat tires.Inside, the Z4’s interior is rather tight, as can be expected from a small two-seater, but it is appointed with luxurious upholster and trim. The dash is trimmed in either wood or brushed aluminum; 3.0i models have faux-leather upholstery inside, while the 3.0si gets “High Performance” leather upholstery in one of four color schemes. The 3.0si also adds automatic climate control, and its top, THX-certified audio system has ten speakers, seven-band digital sound processing, and two subwoofers.M models get a number of high-performance improvements and appearance enhancements, including M Dynamic Driving Control, a system that allows the driver to change the characteristics of throttle response along with other variables. There’s also a semi-dry sump lubrication system, computer-controlled variable differential lock, a heavy duty clutch, a performance-oriented version of BMW’s dynamic stability control which includes dynamic brake control and cornering brake control, cross-drilled special-compound four-wheel disc brakes, and larger front and rear stabilizer bars. Inside, the M models also get Nappa leather seat trim with firmer side bolsters, automatic climate control, white-on-black gauges, a thicker steering wheel, and brushed aluminum trim.A Premium Package brings power sport seats with memory, auto-dimming mirrors, and Bluetooth, while a Sport Package includes Dynamic Driving Control (similar to that in the M), a sportier suspension, and larger 18-inch wheels. Standalone options include a headlight cleaning system, extended leather upholstery, a navigation system, M sport seats, and heated seats.

This is a one of a kind BMW Z4 coupe. There were only a few hundred BMW Z4 coupes imported to the US in 2008, and there are no known to be equipped with this color combination and this array of options.

I purchased this vehicle when it had 1600 miles. It was previously a demo vehicle for BMW corporate. For its life I have meticulously maintained this vehicle. It is not a primary driver in my car collection and typically has been driven only on warm sunny days at a vacation home in Maine. It has never seen snow and has only been rarely caught in the rain. Four new tires were placed at 30,000 miles. The rims were professionally refinished at this time as well to relieve minor scuffs. A full service oil change was conducted in August 2013. The exterior is in generally good condition. There are some minor paint imperfections due to road spray which is consistent with a car of this age and mileage. The leather interior is also in good condition with only minor wear consistent with mileage. There is no history of any accidents. I fully own the vehicle and possess a clean title.

I will provide 2 sets of keys, the original BMW Z4 manual in its leather case, and copy of the original window sticker. The buyer is responsible for shipping.

The first thing that stood out to me on this car were the wheels, and they grabbed my attention because I had never seen them, anywhere. Not only that, no one at GCFSB had seen them before. Personally, I love them! Top that off with a great looking and classic color combination and this is one seriously slick package. It seems like the owner has been very good to the car and is an enthusiast, providing some great information about the car. With low but not museum-low mileage, this offers a great opportunity to get into a seriously rare BMW. I’ve seen many more M coupes than I have non-M, something that I think could be said for most individuals. Driving this Z4 will let you fly under the radar without the M flashiness but still have a very rare and exclusive car. But perhaps if the fluid looks of the Z4 aren’t quite for you, you’d prefer an equally rare bit of BMW history – a Z3 2.8 coupe:

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Year: 1999
Model: Z4 2.8 Coupe
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 87,300 mi
Price: $17,500 Buy It Now

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West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this original southern California owner 1999 BMW Z3 2.8L 6 cylinder Coupe with 5 speed manual transmission, 2.8 liter DOHC 24 valve 6 cylinder engine with variable valve timing and with 87K original miles!

The BMW Z3 2.8 and M Coupes are highly desirable and collectible cars from the ultimate driving machine! Cutting edge performers in the revered tradition of the original GT ‘Gran Turismo’ sports cars. Right out of the gate the M Coupe attained ‘Car & Driver’s’ “10 Best Cars Status” and ‘Automobile Magazine’ named it as both “Best Sports Car of the Year” and “Design of the Year” in the year 1999! With potent engines and unparalleled responsiveness both the M & Z3 2.8 Coupes delivered both head-turning looks and supreme driving pleasure. The original Z3 roadster was introduced in 1995 with the prototype featuring in the James Bond movie of that year but the rarer Coupe version with a chassis stiffening rear hatchback was introduced to much acclaim in 1999 with the Z3 Coupes only available with the largest 6 cylinder engine offered, the 2.8L in 1999 and 2000 and the 3.0L in 2001. The 2.8L straight six was primed to deliver true GT performance with 193HP which pumped out 0-60 in just 6.2 seconds! It was replaced in 2002 with the BMW Z4.

Purchased and primarily always serviced by original and only southern California owner at ‘Terry York’s Valencia BMW’ of Valencia, California with all original dealer manuals and handbooks and copy of original window sticker and dealers brochure available! Finished in the beautiful color combination of ‘Bright Red’ exterior paint with an upgraded factory interior of Black Extended Leather interior with Aluminum Trim!

Standard Options include:

2.8L 6 cylinder Engine
5 Speed manual transmission
4 Wheel Anti Lock Disc Brakes, vented front
All Season Traction which controls wheelspin and enhances stability in low traction situations
Power Steering with engine speed sensitive assist
Driver & Passenger front & side airbags with differential deployment
Automatic seatbelt tensioners
BMW coded driveway protection – vehicle will not start without BMW coded owner keys
Cruise Control
Halogen Free Form Low Beam Headlights & Foglights
Non CFC Air Conditioning
Anti-theft AM/FM stereo cassette radio
Harman-Kardon Premium Sound System with 10 speakers & High Performance Multi Channel Amplifier
Central Locking System
Power Windows with one touch function
Electrically Adjustable Leather Sports Seats with matching door trim inserts
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gear Shift Knob
LCD Digital Clock

Additional Factory options include:

Convenience package:

Black Leather Extended Trim with trim glowing to the instrument panel areas, console sides, handbrake boot and upper door ledges for truly all encompassing luxury ($1,200)
17″ Radial Style Alloy Wheels ($1,125)
Aluminum Interior Trim Package with striking center note to console, steering wheel spokes, inside door handle surrounds, shift knob and instrument cluster ($150)
Power Glass Moonroof ($300)
Heated Front Seats ($500)
Luggage Net to keep cargo safely away from passenger compartment ($180)
On-Board Computer with range to empty, average speed, outside temperature, etc ($300)

Total Original Sales Price over $40K.

Recently purchased from original southern California owner with a clean CARFAX report with no history of any accidents! An obviously always babied and pampered example if there ever was one! The original factory ‘Bright Red’ color paint is in absolutely beautiful condition and the gorgeous extended Black Leather interior with Aluminum trim is also in beautiful condition with virtually no signs of any wear and all the options are working as they should including the ice-cold A/C!

The car drives exactly like such a well maintained and babied low mileage model should and must be seen and driven to be truly appreciated! The engine is extremely strong and as new with no oil leaks, the 5 speed manual transmission has a very smooth transmission through all the gears and the temperature always remains cool!

You will surely look long and hard to find a finer example of this original southern California owner rare 1999 BMW Z3 2.8L 5 spd Coupe for the ultimate BMW driving experience available anywhere else!

For further information contact West Coast Classics through EBay or on 310-399-3990 during regular California business hours

While I’m not a fan of the red/black combination of this particular example, there is no denying that this is a great looking car that is certainly unique. Similar to the Z4, I often see Z3 M Coupes but rarely see the non-M version. Loose the window tint and I really think this car would look a little more subdued. It is a great affordable package to have fun in, and if you don’t rack up a ton of miles I think this car will retain value.

Keep these cars in their stock configuration, drive them on weekends and special events, and I really think they’re not likely to cost you much money in the long run. Running costs of the non-Ms is a bit lower than the M models, and while neither will blow your socks off leaving the line, they’re not exactly slow, either. The future owners of these pieces of BMW history will be enjoying a truly rare site, and I really think in another 10-15 years these will be highly valued; it wouldn’t surprise me to see clean examples keep up with M values given their rarity. If it were my money, I’d pick up the Z4; I love the Z3s but something about that Z4 package really ticks the right boxes for me!

Which one would you have?

-Carter

1968 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback

While the Beetle was lighting up the sales charts in the 1960s, Volkswagen had a whole other range of products that got a bit overshadowed by that post-war wonder. One of my favorites is the Type 3 Squareback. Two door estate vehicles have seemed to peter out in recent years, one of the few holdouts still hanging around being the MINI Clubman. But even that car has a third door on one side to assist with rear seat access.

Volkswagen developed the Type 3 to give buyers of the marque a larger choice before they decided to skip the brand for another manufacturer. These cars still carried VW’s famous rear engine layout and came in three body styles, a two-door sedan known as the Notchback, the 2-door Fastback and 2-door Squareback that we see here. Only the Fastback and Squareback were sold in the US, but many Notchbacks have made their way here in previous years. This Squareback for sale in Washington has 74,000 miles and was repainted in its original color seven years ago.

Year: 1968
Model: Type 3 Squareback
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 74,010 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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This is an excellent example. This is a 2-owner car. 74,000 actual miles. Purchased new @ Riverside Motors, Longview, WA. Engine gone through by Auth. VW Mechanic(Dealer). this car was painted in 2006. It is the original color and is NOT clear-coated nor cut & buffed. It looks as original paint did! No rust anywhere. Never wrecked. Bumpers are original/never been re-plated, if re-plated the car would be a #10. Original fuel injection–runs as new. New headliner, OE style seat covers, carpet, etc. Chrome wheels & 165×15 Michelin XZX tires. The runs, drives, & looks new. Not over-restored or accessorized, just a great example. Call with questions if needed. 360-430-0143. Will help arrange shipping. Full payment required within 3 days of auction close.

If air-cooled Volkswagens appeal to you but the Beetle is a bit too proletariat for your tastes, these Type 3s make a great argument for joining that club. This car looks especially tidy with the chrome rims and seemingly unmarred carpeting inside. The front cabin is quite a departure from any interior you would see today with multiple airbags and higher up sight lines. The slim dashboard and bright colors lend a pleasant, airy touch. For a good Squareback like this that has been mildly refreshed, I’d suspect the reserve is set somewhere around $7,000 to $9,000. That gives you a bit more space than a Bug without the cost that comes with a T2 Transporter of the era.

-Paul

1960 Goliath Hansa 1100 Kombi

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Similar to when the auto industry got its start in the US, there used to be a plethora of manufacturers in Germany that have ceased to exist or were absorbed by larger companies. Case in point, Borgward. This company, based in the northern city of Bremen, produced vehicles under four different names: Borgward, Hansa, Goliath and Lloyd. The Goliath arm of the business was known for their small front-drive vehicles in the 1950s and 1960s, with the 1100 featuring a water-cooled horizontally opposed four cylinder engine that produced 40 bhp. A Luxus version was available that provided a bit more power by way of a second carburetor, with an output of 55bhp.

While the boxer engine alone might have seemed advanced for the time, the 1100 even offered a Saxomat clutchless transmission as an option. The Hansa 1100 was available as a two door sedan, coupe or kombi, like the 1960 model we see here for sale in Washington state. This is a marque rarely seen on these shores and it is a vehicle sure to please those who are fans of postwar German artifacts.

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Year: 1960
Model: Hansa 1100 Kombi
Engine: 1.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $16,995

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Absurdly rare German station wagon with a water cooled flat four front wheel drive. Incredibly original and correct. A product of the Borgward empire. One of very, very few surviving in the world. Wonderful colour (pistachio) and kitch feel. Be the only one on your block, or indeed, your state, to own one. Actual mileage unknown.

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This is the kind of classic car that is hard to put a value on, because so few come up for sale, especially in the US. Hagerty’s valuation tool is placing a value of just under $14,000 for a condition #1 1100 Kombi. This particular car is certainly not concours quality, but it is claimed to be original. That said, the asking price is probably reaching a bit. Maybe somewhere around $10,000 or so would be more realistic.

-Paul