Today is an important day for my Volvo P1800E and myself. It is our 10th anniversary!

Sep 21, 2022,15:49 PM
 

10 years of joy, pride, and so many moments of pure happiness. 


I never owned a car for so long. Most of the time, I keep a car for 3 or 4 years, with some notable exceptions, such as my first car, a VW Scirocco ( 6 years ), or my Volvo C 70 T5 ( 7 years ). 

10 years was what I wished when I bought this P1800E on the 21st of September 2012. It seems that I will own use it some more years, if all goes well. 


In 10 years, I made 65, 000 kilometers, with it. I had many road trips with it, in Belgium, Netherland,  Swiss, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, South of France, Normandy, well, a faithful companion with very few issues encountered during all this time. And I go to work with it, in the different penitentiary centers, courts of justice, police stations and so on... 



And what I like a lot is that this car is a great witness of what was the automotive world, which sadly belongs to a bygone era. The manual gearbox, the overdrive, the rear wheels drive, the smell of fuel, oil, leather, the instruments displayed in the dashboard, the dashboard... The absence of electronic assistance. Well, behind the wheel, you feel like a pilot, you are the only master on board, it is a relation between you and the car. It is all about that. Nothing else matters.


And cherry on the cake, everybody has a smile on his face when they cross the road of the Volvo P1800, even the police, the bikers. There is not one month when I don't meet someone who wants to buy it, or who tells " wow, this is the car I always dreamt of ". Exactly like I did, before realizing my dream. 

The bad thing is that I see less and less P1800 on the roads or in the streets... These last three years, I didn't see one! 

Long life to my car. I will offer it some mechanical and body repairs, to maintain it in good shape. It is really worth it. 


Best, 

Nicolas


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Huge congrats Nico, like they said in the driving community "more smiles by the mile".

 
 By: jp884 : September 21st, 2022-15:57
Cars don't bring joy having them rot in a garage but by driving them and creating memories with them.. Best, Jorge

My philosophy. Exactly!

 
 By: amanico : September 21st, 2022-15:58

Happy b ! …

 
 By: Alfihar : September 21st, 2022-16:32
To your beloved (Pollutant) Volvo… 😂😂😂

Et vélo à pédale 😂

 
 By: Alfihar : September 21st, 2022-17:36

:)))))

 
 By: amanico : September 21st, 2022-18:42

Well loved treasure!

 
 By: TeutonicCarFan : September 21st, 2022-16:34
I like the styling here. Also great that you keep using it. I agree, we will be losing the era where the smell of leather and oil and manuals were the nostalgia for most. To another 65k 👍

Congratulations for completing a great milestone with a wonderful car.

 
 By: Pun : September 21st, 2022-16:48
I agree with all your sentiments. Yes, I feel same with my present car, Camry, that has just completed 6 years and has become first car to cross 5 years with me in last 35 years.. Cars are more faithful than much hyped better halves!!

Style and class in one package.

 
 By: Uncle Chico : September 21st, 2022-17:02

Congrats to you both🎂

 
 By: brauner : September 21st, 2022-17:52

Merci, Brauner!

 
 By: amanico : September 21st, 2022-18:45

Congrats on the 10. th. anniversary of this little beauty. I concur with all your points about a drivers car, where today the driver is almost a passanger in his/her own car.

 
 By: GregersLars : September 21st, 2022-18:45
You really should take a trip to the motherland of Sweden with your P 1800. There are still a bunch driving around up there. Enjoy!

Happy Anniversary!

 
 By: neville : September 21st, 2022-18:47

Thank you so much, Neville.

 
 By: amanico : September 21st, 2022-20:50

I do hope so! Thank you, Emil.

 
 By: amanico : September 21st, 2022-20:50

Like our vintage watches, cars are witnesses of a time gone by.

 
 By: mrds : September 21st, 2022-19:03
They represent the state of technology, the art of engineering and mechanics, the esthetics of the period, and the savoir faire of craftsmen from designers to painters. It is important to keep these beasts alive and show them to the world. In the end, the... 

Modern cars certainly won’t last as long.

 
 By: mrds : September 23rd, 2022-19:34
The systems to maintain/update the software won’t be around 52 years from now. On the other hand, I love my Taycan as a daily driver and I wouldn’t want to switch for an ICE car. I look at it from the perspective that we need the Taycan to love the charms... 

Yes, nicely said.

 
 By: amanico : September 23rd, 2022-19:38

Merci, Z.

 
 By: amanico : September 21st, 2022-20:53

Happy Birthday Nicolas´ Volvo P-1800!! What a great array of pictures of your wonderful car to celebrate its first ten years with you my dear friend.

 
 By: Subexplorer : September 21st, 2022-20:13
I can well understand so well your feelings about this car belonging to a past era which will never come back! (By the way: I remember it was our first meeting in Paris just one or two days before you traveled to take delivery of this car!!) Keep enjoying... 

Ojala! Pronto!

 
 By: amanico : September 22nd, 2022-13:59

Ojalá que si!! Abrazos amigo mio!!

 
 By: Subexplorer : September 22nd, 2022-19:40

;)

 
 By: amanico : September 22nd, 2022-21:44

You are too kind, mon ami.

 
 By: amanico : September 21st, 2022-20:57

You deserve it! Cheers!

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : September 21st, 2022-22:19

Merci, Chronometer mon ami.

 
 By: amanico : September 22nd, 2022-05:55

Long life! Cheers!!!

 
 By: Mary Anny : September 21st, 2022-20:56

Grazie, amico.

 
 By: amanico : September 21st, 2022-21:46

Congratulations and best wishes for the next 10 years spent enjoying your Volvo!

 
 By: RabidManatee : September 21st, 2022-21:42
I’m still cautiously optimistic that we are not on the brink of automotive “mechanical obsolescence” as is claimed by many; I believe I’ve made my views on this matter readily apparent 😉. Love everything about this car. Continue to drive it smiling and in... 

Let's hope so, my friend.

 
 By: amanico : September 21st, 2022-21:47

Looking forward to the next ten years!

 
 By: patrick_y : September 22nd, 2022-02:33
What a beautiful and timeless machine.

And this machine is very fortunate to have you as its guardian...

 
 By: patrick_y : September 22nd, 2022-06:25
You never own anything... You merely look after it until the next owner comes along. Well, seems this car is getting some good looking after!

Merci beaucoup, mon ami.

 
 By: amanico : September 22nd, 2022-08:21

De rien!

 
 By: patrick_y : September 22nd, 2022-16:20

Merci, mdg.

 
 By: amanico : September 22nd, 2022-15:46

I live in California...

 
 By: mdg : September 22nd, 2022-17:04
...which is great for classic cars (no humidity and good weather)... There are many incredible classic cars in the Bay Area.

Buying a used car that lived its life in California...

 
 By: mdg : September 22nd, 2022-21:05
...is usually a good bet, unless it was close to the ocean...

It was in great shape.

 
 By: amanico : September 22nd, 2022-21:41

Joyful post, Nicolas. Let's be honest -

 
 By: MichaelC : September 22nd, 2022-16:08
All of these treasures are temporary in the grand scheme of things. They don't travel with you past your days on Earth. So to find ones that are ultra special, to enjoy on a regular basis, this is what is all about. Cars, watches, guns, what have you... "... 

Indeed Sir.

 
 By: MichaelC : September 23rd, 2022-03:30

The automotive rebels. :)))

 
 By: amanico : September 23rd, 2022-05:44

BTW, I literally just clicked on this article...

 
 By: mdg : September 22nd, 2022-16:38
www.caranddriver.com

Me too!

 
 By: amanico : September 22nd, 2022-20:49

You should live in So Cal, Nicolas. I see P1800s . . .

 
 By: Dr No : September 22nd, 2022-18:08
. . . all the time. Yours will have plenty of company, that's for sure. ☺️

For sale???

 
 By: Motty : September 23rd, 2022-00:51
I’m kidding, It’s a beautiful piece, is this your daily beater?

Congratulations my friend!

 
 By: renerod : September 23rd, 2022-10:57
It looks like you found a jewel to keep for the rest of your life. This cars, mmmm!!! Sporty but elegant, they are getting rarer each day. I hope you enjoy it for many years along with your beautiful family! Best. René

10 years already!

 
 By: bimbeano : September 28th, 2022-20:45
As if it was yesterday when we went to pick it up 😍. I see them often on the road here, i even think there are a few in my village, with your next visit we will visit one of the owners. Bim