West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional
and beautifully and professionally restored with painstaking
attention to detail and no expense spared example of this 1968
Volvo P1800S 1780cc 2 Door Sports Coupe with it's original
specifications amp; desirable factory 'Red' (color code 46) paint
with its correct original (upholstery code 308-501) Black bucket
seat interior with a floor-mounted shifter. The car has it's
original 1780cc 4 cylinder engine matched to it's original 4 speed
manual transmission with Overdrive.A simply phenomenal amount of
time and money has obviously been spent in the restoration and
investment in this car. The car drives as good as it looks and
there can surely be few, if any, finer examples of this early and
most desirable P1800S model in this striking and correct original
color combination available anywhere else!Both the original 1780cc
engine and the 4 speed manual transmission with factory overdrive
have been fully rebuilt and every conceivable component has either
been replaced or rebuilt with this car obviously therefore driving
as good as it must have when new with the 4 speed manual
transmission shifting smoothly throughout all the gears and the
temperature always remaining cool!These steel bodied amp; renown
Ghia of Italy designed Swedish Volvo's were originally introduced
in late 1961 and built in England at the renown Jensen factory in
West Bromwich with the chassis parts supplied direct from Sweden.
The 107 bhp engine had a top speed of over 100mph with the familiar
twin SU carbs in line four set up matched to a four speed
transmission sending the drive to a coil spring live rear axle.
Servo assisted front disc brakes were standard equipment enhancing
handling capabilities. Handsome as well as practical the P1800
gained popularity despite a high price tag and its profile was
further raised into legendary status by its weekly appearance in
the popular British TV series 'The Saint' from 1962-29 starring the
young Roger Moore, who also famously also drove one in real life!
In 1964 Volvo moved production to Sweden and with more power and
some detail trim differences the car became known as the P1800S.
The lines and attractive styling of the car proved to create an
instant cult classic marked by its jutting nose, oval egg-crate
grill and modest fins with distinctive bullet shaped pod
taillights. The low roofline and driving position created a very
sporty effect and the rear seat, although pointless for any other
passengers except the smallest of children, created extra and ample
luggage space for two in a sporty car when combined with the trunk
with spare wheel inside. These handsome cars, along with Volvo's
famously orthopedically designed seats, therefore proved to be both
comfortable as well as good looking and handling cars, creating a
successful combination.lThis is one very rare and internationally
highly desirable example of an obviously painstakingly restored
with no expense spared and with superb attention to detail example
of one of the finest stock and faithful to the original looking
examples of one of the outstanding classic European cars of the
late sixties, which has high repute amongst classic car collectors
worldwide and obviously in particular European enthusiasts for both
it's beautiful lines and cult status as a very collectible 1960's
classic sports car.A sure-fire investment that's sure to appreciate
over the years for any classic sports car collector!
1968 Volvo P1800S
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