CAR OF 1961 VOLVO P1800

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

Volvo didn’t re­ally do sexy up un­til the 1990s, pre­fer­ring to leave such stim­u­lat­ing Scan­di­na­vian shenani­gans to fel­low Swede, Saab. How­ever, the Volvo P1800 – which made its de­but in 1961 – was an ex­cep­tion to this rule. And quite frankly, it was gor­geous. More a very stylish GT than an out­right sports ma­chine, the P1800 was de­signed by Swede Pelle Pet­ter­son, who worked for Ital­ian coach­builder Frua at the time, thus al­low­ing Volvo to flout it as a Frua de­sign. Which meant a lot back then.

Jensen built the first ex­am­ples in West Bromwich, Eng­land… sadly not ter­ri­bly well. So af­ter 6000 had been con­structed, pro­duc­tion moved to Swe­den in 1963 and con­tin­ued there un­til 1973, as the 1800S, the 1800E (with fuel-in­jec­tion) and the 1800ES (the sport­ing es­tate vari­ant with its very dis­tinc­tive all­glass tail­gate).

By far the car’s most famous fan was Roger Moore, who drove sev­eral in char­ac­ter as The Saint on tele­vi­sion and also owned them in real life.

The svelte Volvo P1800 was eye­brow-rais­ingly gor­geous.

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