The Volvo P1800 is the Swedish sports car that almost never was. After a failed attempt into the segment with the P1900 that sold fewer units than two little girls operating a neighborhood lemonade stand on a hot summer day (68 total), Volvo took another crack with the 1800, originally designed by Pelle Petterson, a Swedish in-house designer for the Italian design firm Carrozzeria Pietro Frua.
Early on, due to Volvo’s penchant for safety and desire to appeal to sports-car buyers, the manufacturer emphasized and marketed the P1800 as an Italian-designed car and only credited Petterson after the fact in 2009. Pietro Frua would eventually be acquired by Karmann, a well-known coachbuilder for Volkswagen. Karmann was eventually courted by Volvo to be the builder of choice for the P1800. When VW got wind of this proposed partnership, they immediately said “nein!”, fearing competition with its own model lineup. VW ultimately threatened to withdraw all contracts with Karmann if they went through with the Volvo partnership. As a result, Volvo was forced to eventually contract out initial manufacturing to Jensen Motors in England instead, starting in 1960.
In 1964, due to quality issues at Jensen, production was moved to Volvo’s plant in Gothenburg and the letter “S” (for Sverige, or “Sweden” in English) was appended to the model name. Which brings us to our featured car, a 1964 P1800S decked out in arresting Red over black interior. The S benefited from an additional 8 hp for a total of 108 hp that was capable of propelling this svelte Swedish number to over 100 MPH.
This classic shows off uncharacteristic sportiness from a Volvo that remains appealing to this day. This particular car has benefited from a bare-metal respray in 1990. With restored shiny chrome, a fresh engine rebuild, new clutch, and engine mounts, this P1800S is ready to roll for its new owner to do their best Roger Moore imitation as The Saint. It’s currently available on Ebay with an initial bid of $12,899.
Engine: 1.8 inline-four cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 64,987 miles
Price: $12,899 Reserve not met
1964 Volvo P1800S finished in Cherry Red with Black interior. Introduced in 1961, the 1800 was designed by Pelle Petterson who was working for Pietro Frua’s famous Italian Design studio and who was a graduate of NY’s Pratt Institute. A timeless classic that was made famous by Roger Moore in TV’s” The Saint” series in the 60’s. Owned by the same owner since 1972, this rust free example has spent most of it’s life in Central California. Taken down to bare metal in 1990 for a total respray, the paint still remains in great condition with lots of luster and shine. The chrome has been restored and is in fantastic condition. It retains it’s original B18 engine that was completely rebuilt less than 200 miles ago. It’s original four speed manual transmission with electronic overdrive, was resealed and it was also fitted with a new clutch and engine and transmission mounts. With the rear end resealed and the steering box overhauled, this P1800 has no needs whatsoever and it’s underside is a clean as it’s body. For a fully detailed description, all serious inquiries should be directed to Mark Starr @ 914 217-4817. It is priced to sell quickly.