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Volvo P1800/P1800S 1961-72

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Engine

4 cylinder in-line,

8 overhead valves

Displacement: 1,780cc

Bore: 84.1mm

Stroke: 80mm

Compression ratio: 10 - 1

Valves: 2 per cylinder

Carburettors: two

Power output: 103bhp at 5,600rpm

 

Transmission

5 forward speed manual,

with overdrive

Rear wheel drive

 

Brakes

Hydraulic PA, Front: disc

Rear: drum

Performance

Maximum speed: 111mph

Acceleration: 0-60 mph 11.9secs

Overall fuel consumption: 24mpg

 

Steering

Cam & roller

 

Suspension

Front & Rear: coil & wishbone, telescopic dampers with Panhard rod at rear

 

Construction

Pressed steel monocoque

 

Wheels

15in, pressed steel

Dimensions & Weight

Wheelbase: 96.5in

Track front: 51.7in

Track front: 51.7in

Overall length: 173.2in

Overall width: 67in

Overall height: 51in

Ground clearance: 6inKerb weight: 2,383lb

Fuel tank: 10gal

 

Production

1961 -1972

Total production of

P1800/1800S Coupés (1961-72): 39,407

 

Miscellaneous:

This Volvo model became very famous as a result of its role in the films about "The Saint" in which the hero Simon Templar (Roger Moore) drove the car. 

Early in 1959, Volvo presented a new sports car, two years after the previous attempt with the Volvo Sport, with a body made of fibreglass-reinforced polyester. The new car was initially known as the Volvo Sport, but it later became known as the P1800. This new sports car had Italian styling and production began in 1961. As Volvo did not have the capacity to build the car itself, production during the first years was contracted to England. A company called Pressed Steel made the bodies, while the final assembly took place at Jensen. The Volvo P1800 was based on the floorpan of the Volvo 121/122S, but it had a shorter wheelbase. The car also had an entirely new 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine which developed 100 bhp. Over the years, the car was developed primarily by the introduction of new engine alternatives. In the autumn of 1968, a 2.0-litre engine with an output of 118 bhp was introduced. It was followed in 1969 by a version with fuel injection and an even higher output. Penny and Ernie bought the car in 2008 from a man called BOY hence the number plate “BOY 88”. The car has been resprayed by the previous owner they think it was Blue. This car type was used in the TV Film “The Saint” Roger Moor owned a Green one when he lived in Cooden, it is believe that one was Green. The Volvo P1800 was the second choice for filming they wanted a Jag, but the company didn’t provide one. Volvo shipped the P1800 over and also supplied a second one to be cut in half for the filming. This as you would expect  helped put this car on the map

 

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