Ellie and I had a great drive this morning in our newly acquired 1971 Volvo 1800 E.
This original & unmolested baby is a one-owner which was picked up at the factory in Sweden and then driven by the husband and wife owners across the Soviet Union during the middle of the Cold War. This active couple then had the car shipped to the States where they enjoyed it for the next 45 years from their secure and garaged base in Los Gatos, CA. With great memories intact but with her husband having passed on the widow agreed that the car should be driven, refreshed and enjoyed by a new generation of owners. Racers Drive was glad to oblige and took over ownership this past week.
As part of the Racers Drive Motorsports process we have gone through the car and will drive it on a regular basis to uncover any secrets, problems and/or idiosyncrasy’s that we can correct and or identify for the enthusiast who wishes to own the car. As I cruised to Alice’s this morning, visions abound in my mind of the skinny ties and carefully coifed hair sported by Roger Moore, The Saint.
From Los Gatos we traveled up Rt 85 to 280 and then took Sand Hill Road over to La Honda to the restaurant. There were a number of great cars (Cobra’s, Porsche’s & a McLaren MP4-12c in the parking lot. However despite all the newer bling on hand our little Volvo attracted a great deal attention. Surprisingly much of the attention came from younger riders and drivers who marveled at its look and sound of the 1800.
Breakfast followed, which was great, and then we went south for a twisty drive on Skyline Drive plummeting down from the ridge line into the heart of Saratoga and then cruised on Route 9 into Los Gatos and home again.
Excellent (highly recommended) drive and great way to spend a Sunday morning with my beautiful wife.