Lot 250 - 1966 Volvo P1800S
|Odometer reading||121,000 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,080|
- High quality restoration
- Number Matching
- Lovely colour combination
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 troubled inception.
This beautiful 1966 P1800S has just enjoyed a full bare metal restoration over the past three years finishing in 2017. The car was given a high quality respray and returned to its original Pearl White with only a few panels needing repair. The quality of the restoration carries through the whole car with no expense spared. The white bodywork and red interior combination really suit the car and correspondence from Volvo confirm that not only is the colour combination original to it, but also that the car has matching engine and chassis. The engine has been fully serviced with many new parts fitted. The brakes also benefitted from a complete overhaul with the master cylinder being replaced as well as brake lines, pads and cylinders. The interior was completely restored with everything new from the carpets to the seats having attention paid to them. The front and rear windscreen rubbers were all replaced, the steering wheel refurbished, bumpers re-chromed and the car benefits from new tyres and hubcaps all round.
This fantastic P1800S is better than new and runs beautifully. It comes supplied with a history file, MoT test certificate valid until August 2018, Volvo heritage correspondence, instruction book and V5C registration document.
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