Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

1965 Volvo P1800

On the apparently endless The O'Briens booktour, I spotted this Volvo P1800 for sale at a small garage near Bridgton, Maine. Doubt if it is still there. And I don't know if it was listed anywhere on the web. It seemed a very clean survivor. There was one patch of rust on a fender

but otherwise everything seemed solid. And amazingly, original. Especially the interior. Dusty, but all there.

The p1800 looks like it has spent a lot of time hiding in a barn and it certainly doesn't seem to have encountered many Maine winters. Asking was $3K. The seller seems to think it a 1969 but I would say 1967; not that I'm an expert on these sweet little Swedish machines, but it has no side marker lights and I think these were mandatory starting 1968. How trainspotterish of me to know that.

Okay I must wedge in another shameless book plug. There are 2 videos of me holding forth on my new novel The O'Briens:  one is an interview I did with Jeff Glor of CBS, and another is one of the Writers Talk About Writing series produced by my US publisher, Pantheon Books and available on youtube. I'm having an extremely bad-hair day in the CBS interview.


  1. Love these as well as the P1800ES wagons .

  2. Actually, it is a '65 model, chassis numbers 12500-16499.
    After '66 they got rid of the swooping door trim.