Volvo 1800S Is Integral to this Husband and Wife’s Relationship
Owner: Michael Wayne
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Year, Make, & Model: 1964 Volvo 1800S
Photographer: Kari Herer
Michael and his wife made the decision to incoporate Michael’s 1800S into their wedding photo shoot when they tied the knot last year. The Volvo 1800S has always been an integral part of their relationship and holds sentimental value to both of them; Michael drove one on their first date, and together they made a 1200-mile round-trip journey to acquire this current one. The car has been a constant in their ever changing lives in Boston, where they both live and work, and they determined that it will be something they’ll continue to enjoy together as the years unfold.
Michael spent five years searching for the right 1800; the year, color, and condition had to be just right. A love for Volvo 1800s runs in the family; back in 1969, his father took a European delivery of a Volvo 1800S, and Michael’s older brother has owned a number of examples over the years. Right out of college, Michael found his first 1800S on a farm in Kansas and purchased it as a project. He learned a great deal from the car but longed for a more solid example to refine; then proceeded the five-year search.
He finally happened upon a Craigslist ad listed by Concours Cars of Colorado in Colorado Springs and immediately called for information. The owner had recently passed away and the car initially checked all of Michael’s prerequisites. The very next day, he and his girlfriend (now wife) got in her car and drove the 600 miles from Boston to look at the Volvo. After Michael’s thorough inspection, he purchased the car and enjoyed a trouble-free 600-mile drive home.
The history of each individual car is important to Michael, because it tells the story of its life. He is lucky enough to have every receipt on this 1800S car since new, including all of the dealer literature and service stamps. He can also trace each owners, who were in the Colorado Springs area since 1964.
In the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts is where Michael spends his summers. He is a musician for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and this is the orchestra’s summer home. He drives the 1800 every day (weather permitting) along the back roads to work; the demands of work vanish the moment he turns the key and makes his way home over the Richmond Mountain Road.
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