X-Ray Auto in Ballard, Washington


I was in need of a part…Wait, I needed a part for a Volvo?? I was told these things lasts for EVAR! Well, they don’t.

Even sturdy Volvos need service and repairs sometimes and X-Ray Auto in Ballard, Washington would be a good place to go. Matt is the owner and operator of X-Ray Auto and he works on 1975 and older Volvos…period! Not only does he service the cars, he also have a sizable collection of parts, new and used.

X-ray Auto car

Visiting the shop is equivalent to time travel. I worked at a gas station in Sweden in the seventies and there would be pretty much nothing but Saabs and Volvos around you.


Xray auto

This is what greets you when you arrive. You know it will be a good day.


Xray auto B&W

I could not help myself…A little black and white action. Sweden 1970? Ballard 1970?? Or Ballard Wa 2016?

Volvo Duett


Matt’s corporate company car. Volvo P210 Duett, the only way to go.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 tank filler lid

Here is the reason for today’s visit. As you can see, the original tank lid was reverting back to carbon. This is the fun part when restoring a vintage car. The thrill of the chase, the high you get when you find the right part coupled with the social aspect make it all worth while.


1969 Volvo 1800S

This car was for sale. A very solid 1969 1800S. Minor rust in the lower front fenders but that was all I could see. The customer just spent $6000.00 on tune ups, brake parts and more.

1969 Volvo 1800S interior

A really decent interior that can use some detailing but it is all there. I am NOT affiliated with X-Ray Auto but Matt helped me with some parts so I thought I should help getting the word out. . He is asking $15,000.00 and can be reached at 206-789-5455. Tell him Rolf sent you.

Next year Matt and X-Ray Auto plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sweden moving to right hand drive. He plans to have a party and to re-create the event having Volvos switching sides just like they did that night in 1967. Maybe we will crash in to each other??!! Stay tuned for more info on the events page.


Virtual Visitor with a Volvo Duett

As mentioned before, when you play with old cars you will always meet like-minded folks that you will have many things in common with. Per Bakken is an expat just like your humble editor and he checked  in as he was looking for delivery information on his 1966 Volvo Duett P210.

It was painted in a very nice blue color however, the data plate said 27 and that does not correspond to any of the Volvo colors. The thick plottens!!

Volvo Duett P210 1966

After some research with some knowledge folks in Sweden he learned that code 27 was….primer! Yup, “paint delete option”. It was sold to a business who was going to put the company colors on it. In other words: Whatever color you choose will be factory correct!

This is Per’s car and we are glad they picked this color, looks great.



Just like my Duett I owned in Sweden, it was owned by a plumbing company. Yes, you guessed it, their company colors were dark green and yellow. Man, you are observant.


Volvo Duett P210 1966 cat


Jazz…who is the best cat ever…so I am told…do enjoy the heat from the B-18 engine after a grocery run. Makes for an excellent cat rump warmer!

Thanks for sharing your car with us, Per. We look forward to pics of your soon to be completed 1965 1800S as well.

Photo: Per Bakken