Lot 214 - 1963 Volvo P1800S
|£26,000 - £33,000
- Family owned for 58 years
- Just 40 miles since nut and bolt restoration
- Swedish built rare ‘Bull Horn’ P1800S
- Manual with overdrive
In December 1957, the first handbuilt 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.
First registered on 1st July 1963 and supplied by Volvo Concessionaries, Hyde Park, London W1 this UK supplied manual with overdrive, right hand drive example has been family owned from 1963 to 2021 a staggering 58 years being passed between the family. Presented in red coachwork with black trim over red carpets this is one of the rarest P1800 models, the P1800S (Sweden) was built between April 1963 and July 1963 with just 2,000 units produced worldwide, this is car number 60 of 2000. Volvo pulled production at the Jensen factory in 1963 due to ‘Production issues’. The cars were then built in Sweden, these first cars used many of the Jensen’s features, including the body shell and interior, but lots of areas had ‘quality improved’ but retained the famous ‘Cow Horn bumpers’.
This car had been off the road since the late 80s, some 30 years later in 2019, the father and son owners, decided to restore their beloved Volvo, this started by disassembling the car to almost component form. Parts were sourced, restored or refurbished every step of the way. Sadly, the father then passed away in early 2021 and the progress on the Volvo came to a halt. Several months later, the new vendor, a retired classic car restorer bought the car, collecting all the parts and returning to his workshop where an estimated 1,000 hours were spent painstakingly rebuilding the car. We are informed every aspect of car has been refurbished or restored to completely original/factory specification including the body restoration, new panels, floors, boot floor, inner wings and door sections. The engine was rebuilt with a new exhaust system and the gearbox fully rebuilt.
Extensive new electrics including new wiring loom throughout, new lighting, lenses and all instruments were rebuilt then reset to zero. New gaskets, a carburettor rebuild, new air filters and all new fuelling system was coupled to a new dynamo before the entire braking system including master cylinder, servo, calipers, brake pads, shoes, handbrake, new rear drums and bearings were all replaced.
Further works included;
All hoses replaced, clutch and clutch cylinders/forks replaced, new heating system including new matrix and valve kit, all new bulkhead grommets, extensive new or refurbished chrome including brand new ‘Cow Horn bumpers’, all new internal door hardware, gaskets, barrels, felts, rubbers and trim including check straps. The suspension was treated to a full refresh including steering arms, all new rubbers, gaiters, bushes and ball joints, the steering box has been rebuilt and finished with brand new bumpers front and rear. Inside the car has been treated to a complete interior refurbishment, including new leather seat covers (correct Jenson type), seat foams, all interior panels, carpets and trim, even the full boot area including side boards and new matting and it was noted that it was all fitted with new clips and fitting hardware.
The history file shows over £15,000 of receipts for mainly parts alone and we are told over 1,000 hours of labour was invested in the car. With the fabulous 1.8 B18B 108bhp engine on twin SU carbs, the vendor informs us that ‘it drives very well, the gearbox is precise, as is the steering, it never feels underpowered’. You would be forgiven for forgetting it is a 61 year old car. Having just passed its MoT, remarkably with no advisories and having covered just 40 miles since restoration was complete, it is technically still running in and thus this must be kept in mind.
Supplied with invoices and restoration details, the original P1800S Instruction manual dated November 1962, a workshop manual and a copy of the original Volvo service manual, two original Volvo keys, previous registration documents and parts catalogues. This is a fabulous opportunity to purchase an iconic car that has had substantial sums lavished on it to make it a stunning example, viewing is highly recommended for a P1800S that offers not only quality but provenance with incredibly low ownership. Consignor Mathew Priddy
*Interested parties should note, the number plate show on the car is to be retained and a new age related plate will be issued by the DVLA.
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