Sold for £40,500
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: OAH 599F
Chassis No: 183352P026088
MOT: January 2023
Based on a design exercise by the Swedish-born Pelle Petterson whilst under the tutelage of Pietro Frua when Frua's studio was a subsidiary of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia: The styling does indeed owe a nod to the VW-Karmann Ghia. 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 mechanicals derived from Volvo's Amazon/122 series, 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 ATV series 'The Saint' starring the late Sir Roger Moore. The 'S' in 'P1800S' refers to Sweden as the location for production post-1963. Earlier cars had in fact been constructed in the UK by Jensen. Regardless of engine size (post-1969 the B20 engine was used), all cars were designated '1800'.
'OAH 599F' was UK registered in 1967 and is a B18 (1780cc) engined example presented in iconic White complemented to a striking Cream leather interior with Crimson Red piping and carpets. Along with the Italianesque chrome bezelled tilted gauges, the cabin is an attractive overture to the equally exotic exterior design. The exterior has been enhanced by a clean set of wire wheels and knock-off spinners for that classic sportscar look. With 81,350 recorded miles and current ownership since 2015, this P1800S has offered many driver smiles with many more to come. Self-evidently the subject of much restoration work by the previous owners; this is evident from the pages of invoices for parts from a Volvo specialist. Accompanied by the V5C the vendor advises the Volvo drives ‘very’ well and for some peace of mind possesses an MOT until January 2023.
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