1964 Volvo P1800S

Minilite Wheels : Extensive History : Carburettor Engine

£22,995 - SOLD

Make: Volvo

Model: P1800S

Date Registered: Nov 1964

MOT Due: N/A

Engine: 1.8L 4 Cylinder

Power: 105 bhp / 103 lb.ft

Drivetrain: 4 sp with OD , RWD

Mileage: 57,826 (showing)

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Early in 1959, Volvo presented a new sports car, two years after the previous attempt with the Volvo Sport, with a body made of fibreglass-reinforced polyester. The new car became known as the P1800, with later designations being P1800S/1800S and 1800E. This new sports car had Italian styling and production began in 1961. As Volvo did not have the capacity to build the car itself, production during the first years was contracted to England. A company called Pressed Steel made the bodies, while final assembly took place at Jensen. Assembly of the P-1800 S was then transferred to Göteborg and Lundbyverken 1963. Body production too was transferred to Sweden and Olofströmsverken. This was in connection with the 1800 E in 1969. The Volvo P1800 was based on the floor pan of the Volvo 121/122S, but it had a shorter wheel base. The car also had an entirely new 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine, which initially developed 100 bhp, later 108, 115 and 120 bhp. Over the years, the car was developed primarily by the introduction of new engine alternatives. In the autumn of 1968, a 2.0-litre engine with an output of 118 bhp was introduced. It was followed in 1969 by a version with fuel injection and an even higher output.

This early P1800S is fitted with the cow horn bumpers and the 1798CC twin SU carburettor set up. It was originally red and has been re-painted in period Ford green to match the Bullitt Mustang. We have known the car since 2008 when the current owner purchased it and since then it has been subject to continuous upgrades and restoration including replacement floors, sills and a partial bare metal respray. Most of the missing chrome bits including the central parts of the chrome bumper, new bumper irons and some of the chrome trims are also available with the car and are not fitted at present due to personal preference of the owner.  The mechanical fan has been removed and replaced with an electric, Kenlowe, Thermo statically controlled fan. The points from the distributor have been replaced with an electronic ignition system too. The Motorola period radio works but is not connected up to the speakers there is a modern stereo unit fitted below the dashboard, out of view. It is now a reliable classic that can be used for any trip and is always appreciated at a classic car show.

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