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1961-72 Volvo P1800/P1800S

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, followed in 1969 by a fuel injected version with an even higher output. Penny and Ernie bought the car in 2008 from a man called BOY hence the number plate 'BOY 80H'. The car has been resprayed by the previous owner they think it was Blue. This model was used in the TV series 'The Saint', and Roger Moore owned one when he lived in Cooden; it is believe that one was green. The Volvo P1800 was the second choice for filming as they initially wanted a Jaguar, 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 model on the map.



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



5 forward speed manual,

with overdrive

Rear wheel drive



Hydraulic PA, Front: disc

Rear: drum


Maximum speed: 111mph

Acceleration: 0-60 mph 11.9secs

Overall fuel consumption: 24mpg



Cam & roller



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



Pressed steel monocoque



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: 6in Kerb weight: 2,383lb

Fuel tank: 10gal



1961 -1972

Total production of

P1800/1800S Coupés (1961-72): 39,407



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

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