This 1800S swooped into view from the exit ramp of Lake Shore Drive in my neighborhood and zoomed north on Sheridan Road. I was instantly transfixed as I watched its birdlike lines dart swiftly against the flow of southbound, evening rush hour traffic.
On the one, clear capture of this classic coupe that I managed, my eyes were drawn instantly and repeatedly to the warm, orange glow of its dashboard lights and the muted, elegant shade of its robin’s egg blue paint. With a chorus of locusts shrieking its late-summer farewell loudly from the trees, and in the cool breeze off nearby Lake Michigan, I imagined what it might be like, instead of heading indoors to get ready for work the next day, to throw together a weekend bag, plan my call-in-sick speech for the following morning, and hop in my classic Volvo that night on a four-day road trip to somewhere…
Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
For comprehensive reading on the subject car:
- From Paul Niedermeyer: Curbside Classic: 1964 Volvo P1800S – Transcending Time, Distance And Fashion; and
- J. P. Cavanaugh: Curbside Classic: 1970 Volvo P1800E: About Lars, Who Bought a Stylish Italian Suit and Wore it for Twelve Years.