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9 years of pure pleasure: Volvo P1800E.

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I never owned a car for such a long time! 9 years! 

I just made 60, 000 kilometers with it. And the magic is still here, like the very first day I took the steering wheel. 

Vintage cars can be a nightmare. This Volvo never let me down, on the road. Ok, I had to change some pieces, to repair the fuel and water pump, I had to find a solution for the brake assistance, but nothing really serious. 

No, at the contrary, this good old P1800E ( 51 years old ) is a charm, a pleasure and a dream to drive. 

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I will not be able to tell you how many car drivers, pedestrians or bikers smiled when seeing this car.It is almost everyday. 

Even the cops... When they control me, most of the time, it is to talk about the car. I never got a fine with it! 

This car attracts sympathy, in an era where cars are not liked, most often accused of everything, from pollution to noise, without forgetting envy, jealousy... No, this one is a fantastic smile machine. 

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Ok, the P 1800E belongs to another era, when people knew what traveling meant. When cars were more adventures than just a tool to move from A to B point. When you needed some skill to drive them. 

Here, no ABS, no steering wheel assistance, no ESP  nor any kind of electronic assistance. You have to fight with the wheel, and as a good rear wheel drive, you have to be focused when the road is wet. 

We are far, very far from modern cars, totally assisted, should I say... Asepticised? 

Let's not forget the perfumes of fuel, leather and hot engine oil... 

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It is a totally different universe, for sure. 

Another huge difference with modern cars is that you can see the hood of your vintage car. It is part of its character. And a feast for the eyes. 

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The word apart, in two pictures: 

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The last thing is that maintaining it will never kill your wallet. The tires? 60, 000 kilometers. I will have to change them very soon, but it is not a bad score. 

The service? Around 200 and 300 Euros. 

Spare parts? Well, no bad surprises, here. You will never go above 1000 Euros. Except if you  have a big issue on the engine or gearbox, but that didn't happen to me. 

When I told you.. This car is such a dream! 

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Long life to my P1800E. 

Best,

Nicolas

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Centurionone September 20th, 2021-07:14
Of all your cars this one is my favourite 😍  
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amanico September 20th, 2021-07:35
Well, I just have two cars. ;) One modern, one vintage, both sharing the same spirit, at different levels, though. 
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Centurionone September 20th, 2021-10:35
Yes the Alpine is sublime too 
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amanico September 21st, 2021-06:01
Yes, I feel really lucky to own the Alpine, too. 
PalmSprings September 20th, 2021-07:18
. I love this design. I remember looking at these a decade ago, priced at 10k euro or less for some. Different priorities and a bit too young to get something like this, else I would have loved to have owned one. There is nothing like this.
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amanico September 20th, 2021-07:35
Yes, the prices have grown a bit, to say the least, but still doable. 
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nasseriq September 20th, 2021-07:48
It’s a beautiful car. You are Simon Templar of Paris! 
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amanico September 20th, 2021-08:14
Funny, as some of the people I met by " accident " told me " Hey, that's Simon Templar's car "! 
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ArmisE September 20th, 2021-07:54
If a reader was not a “car person” before, then they surely will be after reading this top post…Bravo! Honestly, reading through this poetic post makes one reflect on the present times, everything that has transpired over the past year and half, and the future unknowns. In the same moment, it transports one back to a time of wonder, adventure, and a differ... 
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amanico September 20th, 2021-08:15
We all are big children, my friend. While we have better things than from the Past, they are other things which are much better. This kind of cars, for example, and a certain way to see Life, too. Thanks for your very interesting and well written comments 
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