CAR OF 1961 VOLVO P1800
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.