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Hi guys,<p>I would like to ask you for an opinion on a rough estimate of the cost of a renovation of this Volvo:<p><A HREF="http://picasaweb.google.nl/sunclassiccars/VolvoP18001965OriginalDutchCar3950" TARGET="_blank">http://picasaweb.google.nl/sun...r3950</A>#<p>If ever bought, how much do you think it would cost me (I would find a garage to do it for me) to get it into perfect condition? Either USD or EUR.<p>Thanks, filomena
 

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Re: Renovation of this P1800 1965 - how much could I expect? (filomena)

SHOW/trophy condition?<br>Conservatively over $60,000 to $100,000<p>Street condition/driver <br>maybe 35 to $50,000<p>Restoring car is and has always been very expensive<br><B>Figure about 1000 hours </B>if you have all the parts in decent condition for a show car<br>So depending on your local labor rate that you can always try to negotiate, that's about it
 

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Re: Renovation of this P1800 1965 - how much could I expect? (JRL)

"...If ever bought, how much..."<p>No need to buy a "needs-too-much" car - just tell us your budget, favorite color, etc. and we will go shopping.<p>Do you want carbs or FI? 1800 or 1800ES?<p>George Dill
 

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Re: Renovation of this P1800 1965 - how much could I expect? (gdill2)

Thanks JRL, I would like to put it into a good shape, but for daily driving, not for shows. I know renovation can be expensive, but your numbers surprise me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>George, thanks, that is very nice of you. However:<br>- I am from Luxembourg, Europe, therefore I think US located cars are out of game due to (assumed) difficulties with transport and permits here (or at what cost?).<br>- ideally I would like P1800E, so with FI, colour does not really matter, but drak green or yellow would be great!<br>- my budget for the moment is very restricted. First I thought the one I posted above would be a good deal (meaning that I can buy it for cheap and it can wait for renovation until I will have accumulated money for it). But I see now, that it is probably better to save up for some time and buy something that is already in a good shape.<br>- I think I could put together 10 000EUR (cca 14 000USD) at the moment, and even if that was sufficient to buy P1800E, that would mean selling my current car and P1800E would have to become my daily ride (and I do not know whether that would be a good idea from the reliability point of view)<p>So, probably I will wait some longer, but thanks for your inputs! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>filomena
 

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Re: Renovation of this P1800 1965 - how much could I expect? (filomena)

You can buy an absolutely cherry restored 68 1800S (carb model) here in Georgia for $20k US. It's been impeccably done and updated in many ways. $10k won't get you one that nice, but should get you a daily driver in rougher cosmetic condition.
 
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