The Volvo P1800 is a two-door, two-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive sports car, manufactured as a Coupe (1961-73) and Shooting-Brake, (1972-73). While the P1800 was more of a stylish touring car rather than a sports car when it came to its speed capabilities, the P1800 first became popular when it was featured as the main car driven by Roger Moore in the hit television series The Saint, which aired from 1962-1969. The P1800 featured styling by Pietro Frua and mechanicals derived from Volvo’s Amazon/122 series.
In 1963 the car’s name was changed to P1800S and the engine was improved with an additional 8bhp. In 1966 the four-cylinder engine was updated to 115bhp. Top speed was 109mph. In 1969 the B18 engine was replaced with the 2-litre B20B variant of the B20 giving 118bhp, though it kept the designation P1800S.
On offer here is one of the very rare early ‘Bull Horn’ bumper examples that features gorgeous over-rider styled bumpers and more stylish chromework around the car. This particular car is one of the first to leave the production line in Sweden.
Powered by a B18 inline-four paired to a 4-speed manual with overdrive, this car was in the care of its previous custodian for six years in which time has benefitted from a refurbished heating system, aftermarket brake servo and a new radiator, clutch and tires.
Last serviced in December 2017 its 1.8 litre engine is believed original, its twin SU carburetors were overhauled in December 2016. Other work performed at that time included a new brake safety switch, throttle cables and clips, all flexible brake hoses, front brake pads, and washer nozzles. The engine is said to run well and the brake servo added by the previous owner improves the cars braking performance significantly.
Arguably the most beautiful Volvo produced, this early example is not to be confused with the later and less stylish examples.