1971 Volvo P1800

E Coupe


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    94 841 mi / 152 632 km
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The story of the Volvo P1800 began in 1957, Volvo wanted a sports car to compete in the United States and European markets. Volvo turned to Jensen Motors, whose production lines were under-utilised, and they agreed a contract for 10,000 cars. The Linwood body plant, manufacturer of Pressed Steel, was in turn sub-contracted by Jensen to create the unibody shells, which were then taken by rail to be assembled at Jensen in West Bromwich. In September 1960, the first production P1800 (for the 1961 model year) left Jensen for an eager public and soon after this the elegant Coupe was popularised by “The Saint” television series.

As time passed, Jensen had problems with quality control, so the contract was ended early after 6,000 cars had been built. In 1963 production was moved to Volvo's Lundby Plant in Gothenburg and continued until 1973. The fuel injected P1800 E was introduced in 1970. Powered by a 2 litre 4-cylinder 130bhp engine the P1800 E was capable of 118mph with a 0-60mph of 9.3 seconds.

The Volvo P1800 E offered here at Autostorico, was first registered on 27th May 1971 and is finished in Red with Black interior trim. Having covered an indicated 94,800 miles this lovely example also boasts Mini-Lite alloy wheels, factory overdrive and a modern Volvo branded radio with USB. Having been well maintained with most recent invoices documenting works including; rear shock replacement, new ignition kit, brake overhaul and a service.

Supplied with a current V5 registration document, MOT valid until February 2021, original owner’s manual and other related material.

This stunning P1800 E should prove to be an astute investment, due to relative scarcity on British roads and distinctive styling.

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