1971 Volvo P1800E
Location: United Kingdom
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 P1800E was introduced in 1970. Powered by a 2 litre 4-cylinder 130bhp engine the P1800E was capable of 118mph with a 0-60mph of 9.3 seconds.
The Volvo P1800E offered here at Autostorico, was first registered on 3rd November 1971 to its first owner having been supplied through John Wallwork Volvo Ltd. Finished in Safari Yellow with Black interior trim, this stunning three owner car has covered a mere 69,415 miles. Its current owner inherited the car in 2013 from her aunt Barbara Morris an avid Volvo enthusiast and club member. Barbara’s passion for P1800s saw her owning four including a concours winning P1800S, P1800ES and a P1800S which she converted to rally specification. This saw her compete alongside her sister both in the UK and Europe with great success.
As you would expect this P1800 has been well maintained regardless of cost by its previous owners. A significant amount of documented work has been carried out during their ownership alongside regular servicing.
Supplied with an extensive history file including a current V5 registration certificate, Original book pack including service voucher booklet, current MOT valid until February 2023, numerous invoices and other related history.
This stunning P1800E offers a great opportunity to own an iconic car which should prove to be an astute investment, due to very low numbers still being on UK roads.