Development of Volvo’s P1800 sports model began in 1957, with development headed by Helmer Petterson, who was responsible for the groundbreaking PV444 during the 1940s. Petterson’s son Pelle, who was then with Italy’s Frua, handled design. Frua produced three prototypes, and the P1800 debuted in coupe-only form for 1960. Jensen assembled the bodies from kits provided by the Pressed Steel Company. With elegantly rounded styling, good performance and Volvo’s characteristically robust construction, the P1800 Coupe was later joined by the P1800ES variant. Carefully developed and refined, the P1800 remained in production through 1972.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
112 bhp, 1,986 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, Bosch fuel injection, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with trailing arms, coil springs and Panhard rod, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.5"