Wed, 6th Oct 2021 13:00

The Pavilion Gardens Buxton

Lot 24

1964 Volvo P1800S
Just One Former Keeper From New

Sold for £27,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: ABR 7B
Chassis No: 18335HD - 11665
MOT: Exempt

  • A recent garage discovery, following a period of dry storage
  • Said to "start and run well", however "the clutch will require attention"
  • Evidently the subject of much past restoration work
  • Last used on the road in 2018

Based on a design exercise by the Swedish-born Pelle Petterson whilst working at Frua, the Volvo P1800 sports car was officially unveiled at the January 1960 Brussels Salon. Not entering production for a year, the newcomer's sleek two-door monocoque bodyshell was equipped with independent front suspension, a coil-sprung 'live' rear axle and disc / drum brakes. Powered by a 1782cc OHV four-cylinder engine breathing through twin SU carburettors, allied to a four-speed manual gearbox, it was capable of over 100mph. The P1800 was immortalised in the 1960s TV series 'The Saint' starring the late Roger Moore.

Finished in Black with Black upholstery, this rare right-hand drive UK market coupe displays just over 91,000 miles on the odometer. Treated to an extensive cosmetic restoration approximately ten years ago, H&H are indebted to the vendor for providing us with the following description. "This car has been owned by me since 2007 and only had one custodian before then. The bodywork was professionally restored (including a colour change from red to black), with much of the exterior metal re-chromed where possible or replaced where not, (however the plating is now sadly flaking in places). The interior was re-trimmed with black leather and much work was carried out to the instrumentation including replacement of the clock with digital display - these are a common problem on these cars. The dashboard is original and uncracked (again unusual), whilst all interior trim is complete. The door seals have been replaced, and mechanically the car was fully gone through, including fitment of a rebuilt and up-rated B20 replacement engine mated to a complete sports exhaust system (also benefitting from overdrive transmission). Riding on Bilstein shock absorbers and lowered springs all around (with new suspension bushes), 'ABR 7B' also benefits from a new fuel tank, fuel lines and rebuilt carburettors." Sadly, the car has not seen any use in the past five years and will now require recomissioning and some TLC.

Receipts for all mechanical work are included and the car is sold with a current UK V5c document. This appealing P1800S is described by the vendor as being in ‘very good’ condition with regards to its chassis and bodywork, 'good' with regard to its electrical equipment, interior trim and bodywork, whilst he rates the chrome work and paintwork as 'average'.

For more information, please contact:
Adam Sykes


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