In-Motion Outtake: 1965 Volvo 1800S – Cleared For Takeoff


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.

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