Lot 139 - 1972 Volvo 1800ES Shooting-Brake
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,240|
In December 1957, the first hand-built 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 much troubled inception. In 1972 came the last model, the 1800ES, a coupé station wagon with an all-glass tailgate, sometimes described as a shooting-brake.
This superb Volvo 1800ES fitted with a manual gearbox and overdrive also has electric power steering. The first owner kept the car until 1989 and had it regularly serviced by main Volvo agents Messrs Kastners in Plymouth. The 1800ES had two further owners in the UK before being exported to Ireland in 1999 were it was put into a private collection. The vendor recently purchased the car from the Irishman's estate and returned the car to the UK , successfully obtaining the original registration number. Restored in the early 2000's, the car is finished in red, whilst the interior has the original black hide to the front seats, original vinyl to the rear and contrasting grey seatbelts. The cabin carpets must have been replaced at some point but they are a superb match to the (albeit faded) original carpets to the boot area, all complemented by a lovely roof-lining and dashboard. The tools are present and it has an un-molested engine bay with all stickers still in place. This lovely Volvo is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2016, owner's manual, service manual and a file containing invoices and old MoT test certificates. This is an exceptional example of a rare and sought after Volvo.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.