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Lot 63

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1967 Volvo P1800S

SOLD $77,000

Estimate

$50,000 - $70,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

183451023614

Car Highlights

A “Time-Capsule” Example
One Owner for 47 Years
Just 10,085 Miles from New
Beautifully Preserved Paint and Interior
A Charming and Desirable P1800S

Technical Specs

1,778 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU HS6 Sidedraft Carburetors
115 HP at 5,800 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox with Overdrive
Front Disc, Rear Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Wishbones and Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Coil Springs and Panhard Rod
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Born of Volvo’s desire to produce a sportier product for the fast-growing American market, the P1800 series first appeared in 1961. Designed by Pelle Petterson, son of PV544 stylist Helmer Petterson and at the time an employee at Ghia subsidiary Frua, the P1800 was based on a modified Volvo Amazon frame. It was powered by Volvo’s rugged B18 four-cylinder overhead-valve engine with two SU carburetors, giving a top speed of approximately 115 mph.

With its own production lines at capacity, Volvo retained Jensen to build an initial 10,000 units. Shortly into the run, Volvo opted to return manufacturing to Sweden, with the model’s designation changing to P1800S. Complete series production totaled just under 40,000 units through 1973.

This exceptional example was purchased new in Elkhart, Indiana, in June 1967, and was driven only sparingly until the original owner’s passing in May 2013. Correspondence accompanying the sale declares that the indicated mileage of 10,085 miles at the time of cataloguing is correct and original. Invoices show the P1800S was serviced in January 2013. The paint and interior appear well preserved, with minor imperfections, and the leather seats show the patina of its age. This limited-ownership Volvo would be a perfect addition to any collection of unrestored sporting cars.