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Horizon Blue | Coupé | 4 Speed Manual | 1.8 litre in-line 4 | 14,486 miles showing | SOLD
Shooting around the towns, a suave individual, impeccably dressed but inconspicuous. A Robinhood on the limit of the law who drives one the most unusually defining sports cars of the 60’s.
We can all agree that at one point in our lives, you have imagined you are Simon Templar.
Marketed as a stylish touring car rather than a sports car, the P1800 became widely known when driven by future James Bond actor Roger Moore in the hit television series The Saint.
Styling was by Pelle Petterson under the direction of Pietro Frua when Frua’s studio was a subsidiary of the prestigious Italian Carrozzeria Ghia making Volvo’s new sportscar a Swedish funky take on the Jaguar E-Type and ready to take on the US and European roads.
Powered by a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder fuel injected engine, it produced when new 95Kw and 176Nm of power and torque, driving the rear wheels via a 4 speed manual gearbox. Performance claimed was 0-100kph in 10.3 secs and a top speed near 185kph. An elegant European coupe and quite a rarity on today’s roads.
The S at the end of P1800S stands for ‘Sweden’ and refers to the cars built at their Lundby plant.
As big Roger Moore fans, we are excited to present to the market this beautiful Australian-delivered example.
Owned for many years, in 2019 the current owner put the car through a deserving back to metal restoration.
Guided and completed by one of Australia’s leading Volvo specialists from Victoria, the Swedish classic has been brought back to its original stance. From exterior colour to the interior finishes, the car is on point with factory specifications. The driveline was fully rebuilt by John Johnson, the president of the Volvo Club Victoria and with the beat of Abba in the background the number matching motor was given a bit more character with a mild camshaft.
Being a passionate owner, the history file is neat and full of documents showing the restoration work completed and registration paper trail. Also coming with the car are mini light wheels to fit.
Once in the driver’s seat, you are instantly taken back to the 60s. The design and style inside and out is just fantastic and the car drives as it did when it left the showroom floor.