Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Volvo P1800 (1961–1973)

The P1800 was designed in 1957 by Pelle Petterson, while he was a student of Pietro Frua. Powerd by a 1,778 cc B18 I4 engine producing 100 hp. In 1963 production was moved to Volvo's Lundby Plant in Gothenburg and the car's name was changed to 1800S.

Later in 1970, the fuel-injected 1800E variant could produce 130 bhp. Top speed was around 190 km/h (120 mph) and acceleration from 0–100 km/h (0–62.1 mph) took 9.5 seconds.

From 1972 came the 1800ES coupé station wagon version with an all-glass tailgate. Engine for the 1800ES was downgraded to produce 125 bhp (92 kW).

Almost 49,400 of the coupé version were produced, as opposed to only 8,077 of the ES sports estate (station wagon) version.

A 1962 P1800 was used by detective Simon Templar in the '60s British TV series "The Saint". (wikipedia)


(Photos from hemmings.com)

The white Volvo P1800 featured in the 1960s TV series The Saint.

Roger Moore as Simon Templar in the TV series "The Saint" (1962-69)

1800ES the station wagon version


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