Format: 2019-06-19 21:53:00

Volvo P1800E Coupe 1971 Goodwood

Chassis number:
184352 U37Y32
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Goodwood Revival 10th Sep 2016
Auction House: Bonhams
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Sold for: £ 21.000

*Used on the BBC's 'Celebrity Antiques Road Trip'
*Restored condition
*New clutch
*Power assisted steering

Introduced in 1960 and popularised by The Sainttelevision series, starring Roger Moore, Volvo's pretty P1800 sports coupé, although no hairy-chested tyre-shredder, was nonetheless something of a radical departure for the sober-sided Swedish concern. Lacking a sports car in its range, Volvo had started the project back in 1957, the man chiefly responsible being an engineering consultant, Helmer Petterson, who had designed Volvo's PV444. Carrozzeria Frua built the first three prototypes and it was intended that Karmann would undertake production, though this idea was vetoed by Volkswagen, Karmann's biggest customer.

Based on the 121 saloon, the P1800 was built initially by Jensen Motors in West Bromwich and employed Volvo's rugged, four-cylinder, overhead-valve engine in 1,778cc form. Breathing through twin carburettors, this unit produced 100bhp, an output sufficient to propel the solidly built coupé to a top speed of around 105mph. The running gear was conventional, with independent front suspension and live rear axle, and all versions came with servo-assisted front disc brakes. Production of the P1800 was transferred to Sweden in 1963.
A capacity increase to 1,985cc was followed by the adoption of Bosch electronic fuel injection in 1969 on the P1800E. Maximum power increased to 130bhp, and four-wheel disc brakes were standardised at the same time. By the end of the 1960s, the model was beginning to look dated, but the introduction of the Reliant GTE-influenced P1800ES sports estate version extended its lease of life until 1973.

This P1800E coupé has been painstakingly restored over the years to a standard deemed good enough for it to feature in the BBC Television series 'Celebrity Antiques Road Trip', on which it was co-driven by journalists Natasha Kaplinsky and Michael Buerk. Finished in its original, and unusual, blue livery with black leather interior, the car has just been serviced and MoT'd by specialists Templar & Wilde of Hedgerley, and been fitted with a new clutch. The sensible provision of power assisted steering is the only notified deviation from factory specification. Described by the private vendor as in generally good condition, this rare sporting Volvo is offered with sundry restoration invoices, a V5C Registration Certificate, and a current MoT certificate.

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