On the apparently endless The O'Briens booktour, I spotted this Volvo P1800 for sale at a small garage near Bridgton, Maine. Don't know 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.