1964 Volvo P1800S
Swedish coupe with desirable paint colour
An early, coveted version
Thorough restoration done a couple of years ago
Chassis number: 10479
Starting price: 120 000 zł (estimate: 170 000 – 200 000)
(28 200€/40 000-47 500€)
Engine: 1.8-litre, L4
Power output: 100 break horsepower
Other: manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive
Legal condition: registered in Poland, yellow vintage car number plates
Already in 1957 the prototype of the new vehicle was ready. The person responsible for execution of this project was Helmer Petterson (earlier credited with the PV444 model), whereas its modern and timeless body was designed by his son, Pelle Petterson, who worked for the design studio of Pietro Frua at the time. Italian style is easily noticeable in attractive design of the Swedish two-door.
Initially, a manufacturing deal with a British company called Jensen was sealed. The body was supposed to be manufactured in a workshop based in Scotland, from there it would be transported to the English city of West Bromwich, where final assembly would take place.
The car was officially presented for the first time at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1960. First examples of the Volvo P1800 rolled off the production line a couple of months later. At the beginning, the car was powered by an inline four-cylinder engine codenamed B18. It displaced 1778 cc and developed round 100 BHP of peak power, which was transferred to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox (equipped with overdrive).
Series one cars are distinguished by a large “V” shape on the air intake and a twin exhaust mounted centrally. Series two, known as the 1800S, went on sale in 1963. Letter “S” stands for Sweden, because that’s where the production was moved – to Volvo’s own plant in Gothenburg. The engine’s power output was initially increased to 115 BHP. Eventually the 1.8-litre unit was dropped and replaced by a 2-litre one, generating 118 BHP.
In 1968, the interior was refreshed by adding i.a. a three-spoke steering wheel and dashboard with wooden inlays. In 1970 a 1800E version was launched, boasting a Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection. It developed 130 BHP while keeping the fuel consumption on the same level as before. From then on, the car was also fitted with brake discs on all four wheels. Last series (built from 1972), dubbed 1800ES, was only available as a two-door shooting brake estate. Power dropped a little to 125 BHP, while customers could also specify their cars with a three-speed automatic gearbox. Production of the P1800 ended in 1973. Overall 47 492 examples were made, of which just 8077 were ES models. The car became popular when it was featured as the car driven by the main character played by Roger Moore in the television series “The Saint”. Although the P1800 was never a typical sports car, it was highly appreciated as a comfortable Gran Turismo car. This car also owns the Guinness world record for highest certified mileage of any car. An American called Irv Gordon has done more than three million miles in his P1800s since 1966.
This red Volvo P1800S is not the first example of this unique model to be auctioned by Ardor Auctions. The story behind it is quite interesting. When it was purchased in London more than ten years ago, it was black and served its then-owner as a daily driver. It is worth mentioning that the Volvo was originally manufactured with left-hand drive, even though it was primarily driven in Great Britain.
Its new owner brought the car to Poland and began to look for a workshop who would take on the challenge of completely restoring the car. It was totally disassembled, its body refurbished.
It was decided that the car would be painted using its original colour from Volvo’s catalogue. During restoration process the owner decided to leave a bit of patina to underline its history, thus making this beautiful Swedish two-door more mature. In 2009 the Volvo hit the road again. It was used occasionally and has done less than 700 kilometers since its engine rebuild. Currently the car needs no additional maintenance and is ready to eat up the kilometers in the hands of its prospective owner.
An early, restored Volvo P1800S is a rare offer on both Polish and European market. This model is incredibly valued by collectors all over the world and causes a sensation on the streets.