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Volvo P1800

Knowledge Identifier: $Volvo_P1800


Volvo P1800

Sports car from Volvo Cars add

Category: Business (14)

Launched in 1957.

Countries: United States (29%), Sweden (14%), United Kingdom (14%)

Main connections: Corgi Toys, Roger Moore, Karmann

Linked to: Pressed Steel Company, Volkswagen Group, BorgWarner, Hanomag




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The project was started in 1957 because Volvo wanted a sports car, despite the fact that their previous attempt, the P1900, had been a disaster, with only 68 cars sold add something


In December 1957 Helmer Petterson drove X1, to Osnabrück, West Germany, headquarters of Karmann add something


They were ready to build it and this meant that the first cars could hit the market as early as December 1958 add something


These events influenced the company to renew its efforts: the car was presented to the public for the first time at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1960 and Volvo turned to Jensen Motors, whose production lines were under-utilised, and they agreed a contract for 10,000 cars add something


In September 1960, the first production P1800 left Jensen for an eager public add something


Two new cars had been introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, a Jaguar E-type and the Volvo P1800 add something


" beginning in 1962 and played a prominent role throughout the entire run of the show add something


From 1963 to 1972 the M41 gearbox with electrically actuated overdrive was a popular option add something


The B18 was matched with the new and more robust M40 manual gearbox through 1963 add something


Corgi Toys - Corgi Toys introduced the first of the many film and television tie-in models that made the company famous in March 1965, with The Saint's Volvo P1800 from the British television series "The Saint" starring Roger Moore


A 1966 Volvo 1800S and its owner Irv Gordon of East Patchogue, New York, USA own the Guinness world record for highest mileage in the same vehicle he has been driving since 1966, He has driven about 26,000 of those miles outside of the U.S., in Canada and Mexico, as well as in Europe add something


Two overdrive types were used, the D-Type through 1969, and the J-type through 1973 add something


Corgi Toys - The Carrimore Car Transporter Mark IV using the recently introduced Scammell cab was released in April 1969 and a gift set featuring the new transporter and six cars; MGC GT , ! Mini Cooper Monte Carlo 1967 , Sunbeam Imp Monte Carlo 1967 , Mini Cooper S Magnifique , Morris Mini Minor and The Saint's Volvo P1800 soon followed


For 1970 numerous changes came with the fuel-injected "1800E", which had the B20E engine with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection and a revised camshaft, and produced without sacrificing fuel economy add something


In addition, the 1970 model was the first 1800 with four-wheel disc brakes; till the 1800 series had front discs and rear drums add something


When the series "Return of the Saint" was created in the 1970s, Jaguar made up for their mistake and offered the new XJ-S for the series add something


In 1972 came the last model, the "1800ES", a coupé station wagon with an all-glass tailgate, sometimes described as a shooting-brake add something


For the last model year, 1973, only the 1800ES was produced add something


Production ended on June 27, 1973, although Volvo was in negotiations with Coggiola concerning a possible "P1800ESC" add something


With stricter American safety and emissions standards looming for 1974, Volvo did not see fit to spend the considerable amount that would be necessary to redesign the small-volume 1800 ES. Only 8,077 examples of the ES were built in its two model years add something


In 1987 he reached the one million miles mark add something


Volvo C70 - The C70 was introduced to the press in a signature color and for the debut marketing, the 1997 movie The Saint featured a C70 recalling the notable connection of the Volvo P1800 and the TV series from the early 1960s, The Saint with Roger Moore as Simon Templar


In 1998 got registered by the Guinness Book of World Record with 1,69 million miles for the vehicle with the highest certified mileage driven by the original owner in non-commercial service add something


In 2002 he reached the two million miles mark add something


On April 2, 2002, Gordon and his 1800S were guests on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", after reaching the two million milestone add something


Volvo insisted it was an Italian design by Frua and only officially recognized that Pelle Petterson designed it in 2009 add something


In January 2011 Irv Gordon and his Volvo were featured on PBS's Nova scienceNow and in Hemmings Sports & Exotic Magazine in November 2011 add something


On September 24th, 2013, the car reached 3 million miles add something


In June 2013, when the car had reached a little over 2,996,000 miles, VCNA launched an unprecedented PR campaign valuing the performance and in September 2013 the car surpassed the 3 million miles mark in Alaska add something


When Irv Gordon died on November 15, 2018, the car had driven more than 3,2 million miles add something