The Volvo P1800 was made famous by Roger Moore, who played Simon Templar and drove a white example in the iconic TV series The Saint. It's reported that the actor was so please with the car during filming that he bought one for his own use!
The P1800 made its debut at the Brussels Motor Show in 1960, with Volvo forming a partnership with Jensen Motors to manufacture the car at their assembly plant in West Bromwich, with an agreed 10,000 cars to be produced. In September 1960 the first P1800 rolled out of the Jensen factory. Unfortunately, after quality control issues with the car, Volvo decided to end the contract with Jensen after producing only 6,000 units, and they moved manufacture back to their Lundby Plant in Gothenburg, Sweden. They decided to rename the car the P1800S, with the ‘S' standing for ‘Sverige' or in English, Sweden. The engine was given some attention and in 1966 the four-cylinder engine was uprated to give 115bhp.
First registered in June 1966, this left-hand drive car was delivered to its first owner in the Netherlands with the registration ‘DM-20-12'. The car is finished in Volvo Light Green with a Black vinyl interior and Red carpets throughout. The car then moved to Ireland in 2006 with documents in the history file relating to its time on the emerald isle.
Purchased this year by the current vendor, the car has recently been recommissioned. Work carried out included a full service, new tyres, battery, refurbished wheels and new shock absorbers. At the same time, the engine also benefitted from a service by a Volvo specialist, including work on the cylinder head and new valves.
The car is being registered as a UK vehicle at the present time and will have an age related registration plate at the time of auction. It also comes with a fresh MoT and 12 months historic tax.
Offered in good condition and a nice history file, including recent bills, this car is sure to turn heads wherever it goes!