Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1968
  • Mileage 
    69 420 mi / 111 721 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    228
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

"In December 1957, the first handbuilt P1800 prototype was driven to the headquarters of Karmann. Volvo had hoped that Karmann would be able to take on the tooling and building of the P1800 and they were ready to build it which meant that the first cars could hit the market as early as December 1958. But in February, Karmann's most important customer, Volkswagen, forbade Karmann to take on the job as they feared that the P1800 would compete with the sales of their own cars and threatened to cancel all their contracts if they took it on. This setback almost caused the project to be abandoned and it looked doomed until a press release surfaced with a photo of the car, putting Volvo in a position where they had to acknowledge its existence. These events influenced the company to renew its efforts with the car and it was presented to the public for the first time at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1960. Volvo turned to Jensen Motors, whose production lines were under-utilised and they agreed a contract for 10,000 cars. The first production P1800 left Jensen for an eager public after its troubled inception.This lovely example is presented in dark green with a superb new interior in beige, including dashboard, carpets and upholstery. A large history file accompanies this retro classic, containing many receipts and invoices and old MoT test certificates. This model was of course made famous by the 1960s series ‘The Saint’, starring Sir Roger Moore. Interestingly, Jaguar was first offered the opportunity to provide an E-Type for the TV series but declined. Volvo accepted and offered a P1800, leading to increased sales. Initially, they lent two cars for the series, one for static studio shots and the other for moving shots. When the P1800S came along, one of the earlier cars was cut up to allow better interior shots. These cars still turn heads today, displaying that wonderful styling and poise so typical of that era."