1963-1969, 23993 produced.
Coupe,2 doors,2 seats
The Volvo P1800 is a classic sports car from Volvo. The project was started in 1957 because Volvo wanted a sports car, despite the fact that their previous attempt, the P1900 had been a disaster, with only 68 cars sold. The man behind the project was an engineering consultant to Volvo, Helmer Petterson, who in the 1940s was responsible for the Volvo PV444. The design work was done by Helmer's son Pelle Petterson, who worked at Pietro Frua at that time. The Italian Carrozzeria Pietro Frua design firm (then a recently acquired subsidiary of Ghia) built the first three prototypes, designated: P958-X1, P958-X2 and P958-X3. Volvo launched its first (and last true sports car) P1800 coupe in 1960. The new model had elegant styling and offered reasonable performance along with the usual Volvo safety features. Bodies for the P1800 were built in the UK by Jensen who normally specialised in glass fibre sports cars.
As well as the P1800 coupe model Volvo also offered an attractive and practical "Sports-estate" model, the 1800ES, which followed the same principles first seen on the Reliant Scimitar. Powered initially by a 1.8 litre engine and later by a 2.0 litre unit, the 1800 range included a more powerful 1800S (1963-69) and later (1969-72) a 1800E coupe. Production lasted until 1972 when it was sadly deleted by Volvo.
A white Volvo P1800 (with licence plate ST1) driven by Simon Templar, played by Roger Moore, was featured in the TV series The Saint beginning in 1962 and played a prominent role throughout the entire run of the show. There were two exciting new cars introduced at the Paris Auto Show in 1962, and Jaguar was first offered the opportunity to provide an E-Type car for the series but declined as they had too much demand already and didn't see the need for additional press (a similar situation arose with Mars Candies' M&Ms and Reese's Pieces in the movie "E.T."). Volvo was then asked for a P1800, and they jumped at the chance leading to a nice increase of sales of the P1800 and the creation of a 1960s' icon. Later, in the 1970s when The Return of the Saint was created, Jaguar made up for their mistake and offered the new XJ-S for the series. One of the Volvo 1800s used in the Saint TV series in 1967 has been faithfully restored and is now owned by Bill Krzastek. It does indeed look like a giant-size Corgi Saint Volvo, and it has appeared in a number of auto shows. Practical Classics July 2010 - Featuring Buyers Volvo 1800 (1961-1973). Click Here to view in our shop.
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1963 Volvo P1800
|Publication||Practical Classics January 2012|
|1963 Volvo P1800 - This rare Jensen-built Volvo P1800 turned out to be rustier than anticipated, but that didn't worry John Sullivan - he just got stuck straight in..|
Buying Guide - Volvo 1800 1961-1973
|Publication||Practical Classics July 2010|
|Buying Guide - Volvo 1800 1961-1973 - A sporty car that could change your views on classic Swedes.|
Buying Guide - Volvo 1800 (1961-73)
|Publication||Classic Cars August 2004|
|Buyer Guide - Volvo 1800 (1961-73) - Volvo’s 1800 coupé is the perfect combination of solid Swedish engineering and Italian design. With values still low and excellent specialist back-up, there’s never been a better time to own this stylish classic.|
Buyers Guide - Volvo P1800 - 1961-1973
|Publication||Practical Classics April 2003|
|Buyers Guide - Volvo P1800 - 1961-1973. There aren’t many classic Volvos, but the sexy-looking saintly 1800 is definitely one of the few.|
Buyers Guide - Volvo 1800 - Saintly Sinner
|Publication||Practical Classics January 1998|
|Buyers Guide - Volvo 1800 - Saintly Sinner - Buying a Volvo 1800 give you an instant halo but beware - you might end up with a devil in disguise, warns Danny O'Driscoll.|
Swedish Classics - Cold comfort
|Publication||Classic Car Mart December 2011|
|Swedish Classics - Cold comfort - We take a look at the sensible and not so sensible Swedish classics. Saab 99, Saab Sonett, Volvo Amazon, Volvo P1800.|
How to buy a Volvo 1800
|Publication||Classics Monthly September 2011|
|How to buy a Volvo 1800 - Stylish looks and robust underpinnings make the evergreen Swede an impressive all-rounder.|
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car October 2001|
|Show Stoppers - Are the Renault Caravelle, VW Karmann-Ghia and Volvo 1800S all front and no substance? Alastair Clements decides which plays the lead.|