Wed, 22nd Jun 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 14

1971 Volvo P1800 E

Sold for £14,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: ONO 407K
Chassis No: 184352036944
MOT: Exempt

  • Offered from a deceased estate with ownership from 2002
  • Fitted with Minilite alloy road wheels
  • Offered with a collection of invoices and books
  • Subject to a full service in September 2021
  • Previous bodywork restoration in 2006
  • Collection of spares, original set of wheels and spare speedo showing 99,600 miles

PLEASE NOTE: We believe this lot has an issue with the fuel pump that is causing an issue when starting the vehicle

The P1800 was based on a design exercise by the Swedish-born Pelle Pettersson whilst working at Frua, and was officially unveiled at the January 1960 Brussels Motor Show. Entering production a year later, 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 1,782cc OHV four-cylinder engine (complete with five-bearing crankshaft and twin SU carburettors) allied to a four-speed manual gearbox, the 2+2 seater was capable of over 100mph. The P1800 was initially manufactured by Jensen Motors in the UK, however, assembly was transferred to Sweden in April 1963 due to increasing concerns over fluctuating build quality. The original engine was replaced in 1969 by the 2-litre B20 unit. This was itself upgraded a year later with a revised camshaft and fuel injection. The resulting output was 130bhp - sufficient to power the Volvo to 62mph in 9.5 seconds and on to a shade under 120mph. This facelifted model acquired four wheel disc braking at the same time, plus a revised name to reflect the fuel injection - P1800E. For many, the Volvo is best remembered as Roger Moore's steed in the cult TV series 'The Saint', which ran from 1962 until 1969.

This pretty example of the P1800 design is the E version of the marque. Finished in an iconic P1800 White, 'ONO 407K' still retains its striking Red upholstery. Offered from a deceased estate with ownership from 2002 its fitted with Minilite alloy road wheels, they are an addition commonly seen on the P1800, including in the aforementioned ATV TV series 'The Saint'. Subjected to a previous bodywork restoration in 2006 by KD Motor Engineers of Warrington, the P1800E was the subject of repairs to the floor pan, chassis and doors and the body shell prepared and painted. Subject to a full service in September 2021 it is also accompanied by a collection of invoices (including invoices relating to the restoration) and book publications about the marque.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

You can collect your new pride and joy from our venue until 1pm the day following the sale or our partners are on hand to help arrange safe transportation:


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Wed, 22nd Jun 2022


Tuesday 21st June 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 from 9am

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