Introduced in 1960 and popularised by The Saint television series, Volvo's pretty P1800 sports coupé was something of a radical departure for the sober-sided Swedish concern. Based on the 121 saloon, the P1800 was built initially by Jensen Motors in West Bromwich. Breathing through twin carburettors, the 1.8-litre engine 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 electronic fuel injection in 1969 on the P1800E. Maximum power increased to 130bhp, and four-wheel disc brakes were standardised at the same time.
Bonhams will be offering this example at their upcoming December Sale in London on 7th December, the estimated value is between £28,000 – £34,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.