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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.