It may have been dawn in Malibu, but it was the sunset for my ownership of a classic Volvo. Sad to say that my 1972 Volvo 1800ES sold on www.bringatrailer.com a couple of weeks ago. The car is already on its way to Denmark, where it will be restored and sold to someone much living much closer to the factory than I do. The values on the 1800 series Volvos have certainly increased over the past 4-5 years, but as is the case with most daily-driver collector cars, it didn't really bring in anywhere near what I've spent on it over the years. However, I drove the hell out of it and got a lot of enjoyment from the car, so if you look at it that way, I broke even on it. I've owned an 1800 of some variation consistently for almost 35 years, so it'll take getting used to not looking at the Yahoo 1800 newslist posts every morning.
I took it up the hill to upper Corral Canyon for a final drive through the twisties and at the top was rewarded with a pretty nice sunrise. Whomever winds up with this car is going to have a blast with its highly-modified B20 engine. The purchaser has said he'll send photos once the resurrection is complete and I'm sort of looking forward to them.
Loaded up and ready to goto its new home...from the beach at Malibu, it'll go to a warehouse in Dominguez Hills to be put into a container headed for Denmark.
Still unsure as to what will replace it - in the meantime, I'll be driving around Malibu (slowly) in this 1991 Volvo 740 station wagon. It's been in the family since new, and despite lacking a turbo, it moves pretty well once you're up to speed (which can take like, forever) It doesn't exactly charge up the hill, but it gets me there, and that's what matters.