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Left-hand drive
1968 Volvo P1800S Coupé
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Chassis no. 183451025961

Introduced in 1960 and popularised by The Saint television series, Volvo's pretty P1800 sports coupé, although no hairy-chested tyre-shredder, was nonetheless something of a radical departure for the sober-sided Swedish concern. Based on the 121 saloon, the P1800 was built by Jensen Motors until production transferred to Sweden in 1963, and employed Volvo's rugged, four-cylinder, overhead-valve engine in 1,778cc form. Breathing through twin carburettors, this unit produced 100bhp, an output sufficient to propel the solidly built coupé to a top speed of around 105mph. The running gear was conventional, with independent front suspension and live rear axle, and all versions came with servo-assisted front disc brakes.

The introduction of the successor P1800S in 1963 brought with it a capacity increase to 1,985cc, power going up to 108bhp as a result. Fuel injection was standardised in 1969, maximum power increasing to 130bhp, with four-wheel disc brakes arriving at the same time. By the end of the 1960s, the model was beginning to look dated but the introduction of the Reliant GTE-influenced P1800ES sports estate extended its lease of life into the early 1970s.

We are advised that this left-hand drive P1800 was restored by the last owner. Works carried out include a full overhaul of the engine, gearbox and carburettors, and a bare metal re-spray. An exceptionally straight panelled example, the car is described as being in very good condition and is said to drive superbly. The provision of air conditioning – fitted with a new compressor – is the only notified deviation from factory specification.

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