Lot 168 - 1966 Volvo P1800S Convertible
|Odometer reading||13,260 miles|
|Result||Sold - £17,360|
The P1800 project was started in 1957 as Volvo wanted a sports car to sell in the US and European markets. 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 and, if so, it would have meant that the first cars would hit the market as early as December 1958. However, in February 1959, Karmann's most important customer, Volkswagen, forbade them to take on the job as they feared the P1800 would compete with the sales of their own cars and threatened to cancel all their contracts if they took it on. The car, however, was presented to the public for the first time at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1960. The P1800 was made famous both by the hit TV series 'The Saint' starring Roger Moore and by Irv Gordon of New York who holds the Guinness world record for the highest recorded mileage for his P1800, having been driven over three million miles; a testament to the robustness of Volvo's design.
Volvo didn't have any plans to build a drophead of the P1800 however some modifications could be made to create a convertible but, due to the high cost, Volvo decided not to. Harold Radford made one 1800S convertible for the Hull-based Volvo dealer in March 1965 and it was sold in 1968. Radford's convertible wasn't the only Volvo 1800-convertible: about 50 convertibles were built by Volvo dealer Volvoville in Long Island. Besides these 'official sold' convertibles, there are several other custom-made cabriolets including this particular car.
It was first registered in February 1966 and is currently with its fourth keeper who acquired the car in 2005.The car was converted to its current specification in 1991 and is a well known and documented conversion with details in the car's history file including articles from Volvo Enthusiasts Magazine with further editorial inYour ClassicandClassic Cars for Saleamongst others. Over the years, the car has been shown at many events and won many prizes including at the NEC, Goodwood and the Klassieker Beurs in Holland. The owner notes that the original seats and seat belts were changed to increase its safety and comfort with the original items included in the sale. A well known conversion with a well documented history; this is a highly desirable and collectible example.
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