THE CCW VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

To view the 1800ES as Swe­den’s an­swer to the Re­liant Scim­i­tar GTE is to miss the point en­tirely. They may have sim­i­lar ba­sic de­sign prin­ci­ples, but where the Re­liant ex­cites with its rorty V6 en­gine, the Volvo is more of a long-legged cruiser than it is an out-and-out sports car. It looks won­der­ful, has enough in­te­rior space to swal­low four adults – and their lug­gage – on long-dis­tance ad­ven­tures, and me­chan­i­cals rugged enough to cope with just about any­thing you can throw at it. The han­dling may not be ex­cit­ing, but add in prices that con­sid­er­ably un­der­cut those of its older coupé sib­ling – this on a much rarer car – and you’re left with a clas­sic that’s as com­pelling as it is prac­ti­cal. We’d rec­om­mend a well looked-af­ter ex­am­ple to any­one.

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