Overview
Produced: 1963-1969, 23993 produced.
Types: 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.

 

 

Source: Motorbase
Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1778ccS4 OHVVolvo S4 OHV84mm x 80mm
1985ccS4 OHVVolvo S4 OHV89mm x 80mm
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
086 Volvo P1800 Anglia Car Auctions 24 Aug 2013 - £4252.00
064 Volvo P1800S Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 28 Nov 2012 £14000.00 -
515 Volvo P1800S Coupé Bonhams 14 Nov 2012 £7500.00 £8625.00
507 Volvo P1800S Coupé Bonhams 14 Nov 2012 £6800.00 £10925.00
308 Volvo P1800S Coupé Bonhams 30 Apr 2012 £19000.00 £21850.00
138 Volvo P1800S Coup� Bonhams 24 Jul 2010 £5400.00 £6210.00
37 Volvo P1800 S H&H Sales Limited 22 Jul 2009 - £11000.00
09 Volvo P1800S BCA 22 Jul 2008 - £8030.00
026 1967 VOLVO P1800S H&H Sales Limited 27 Jul 2005 £5000.00 -
664 1967 VOLVO P1800S 2+2 COUPE Christies 1 Jul 2005 £8812.00 -
054 1965 VOLVO P1800S H&H Sales Limited 8 Jun 2005 £7000.00 -
101 Volvo P1800 S Barons 3 Aug 2004 £1100.00 -
679 Volvo P1800S Coupe Bonhams 26 Apr 2004 Not sold
107 Volvo P1800S (1965) Barons 15 Apr 2003 £1800.00 -
004 Volvo Amazon 122S Saloon (1966) H&H Sales Limited 4 Dec 2002 - £2350.00
321 Volvo P1800S (1965) Coys 22 Jul 2002 - £10351.00
028 Volvo Amazon 132S (1965) H&H Sales Limited 29 May 2002 - £8085.00
007 Volvo P1800S Coupe (1964) H&H Sales Limited 29 May 2002 - £2250.00
067 Volvo P1800S (1965) Coys 4 Mar 2002 Not sold
101 Volvo P1800S (1965) Coys 10 Dec 2001 Not sold
497 Volvo Amazon (1966) Bonhams & Brooks 15 Nov 2001 - £1380.00
036 Volvo P1800S (1966) BCA 23 Jul 2001 Not sold
047 Volvo 1200S (1964) Poulain LeFur 23 Apr 2001 FF42000.00 -
010 Volvo P1800 (1968) Peter Francis 3 Apr 2001 Not sold
238 Volvo P1800S (1966) RTS Auctions Ltd 18 Feb 2001 £2000.00 -
306 Volvo Amazon (1965) Cheffins 2 Sep 2000 Not sold
301 Volvo Amazon 122 (1966) Cheffins 2 Sep 2000 Not sold
029 Volvo P1800S Turbo (1963) H&H Sales Limited 12 Apr 2000 Not sold
702 Volvo P1800S (1964) Brooks 18 Jun 1999 £3000.00 -
082 Volvo P1800S (1967) BCA 11 Aug 1997 £3000.00 -
347A Volvo P1800S Coupe (1968) Brooks 21 Sep 1996 - £1058.00
954 Volvo P1800S Sports (1967) Brooks 21 Jun 1996 - £2990.00
013 Volvo P1800S (1964) Sandown 20 Apr 1996 Not sold
001 Volvo P1800S (1967) ADT 27 Nov 1995 - £2205.00
110 Volvo P1800S Coupe (1969) Christies 9 Sep 1995 - £2990.00
082 Volvo P1800S (1968) ADT 20 Feb 1995 Not sold
053 Volvo P1800S (1967) ADT 20 Feb 1995 £1500.00 -
238 Volvo P1800S (1968) RTS Auctions Ltd 25 Jan 1995 £175.00 -
106 Volvo P1800S (1963) Brooks 2 Dec 1994 £3300.00 -
065 Volvo P1800S (1963) ADT 18 Jul 1994 £3250.00 -
028 Volvo P1800S Sports (1965) H&H Sales Limited 4 Nov 1993 Not sold
084 Volvo P1800 (1968) ADT 11 Oct 1993 £3350.00 -
015 Volvo P1800S (1968) ADT 9 Aug 1993 Not sold
064 Volvo P1800S Fhc (1964) Brooks 25 Nov 1992 £5200.00 -
Books
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Article 1963 Volvo P1800
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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..
Article Buying Guide - Volvo 1800 1961-1973
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Publication Practical Classics July 2010
Buying Guide - Volvo 1800 1961-1973 - A sporty car that could change your views on classic Swedes.
Article Buying Guide - Volvo 1800 (1961-73)
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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.
Article Buyers Guide - Volvo P1800 - 1961-1973
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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.
Article Buyers Guide - Volvo 1800 - Saintly Sinner
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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.
Article Swedish Classics - Cold comfort
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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.
Article How to buy a Volvo 1800
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Publication Classics Monthly September 2011
How to buy a Volvo 1800 - Stylish looks and robust underpinnings make the evergreen Swede an impressive all-rounder.
Article Show stoppers
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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.
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