Volvo 1800 ES 1973 – SPRZEDANE

Jest stylowe i praktyczne, można nawet nazwać je sportowym kombi. Volvo 1800 ES to finalna edycja samochodu, który debiutował jako piękne coupe w serialu „Święty” z Rogerem Moore’m w roli głównej. Mimo skromnego, czterocylindrowego silnika, w ofercie szwedzkiej marki wóz był zdecydowanym odejściem od wyłącznie trzeźwego myślenia o motoryzacji. Do zaprojektowania jego karoserii i stworzenia pierwszych prototypów zaangażowano nawet włoskie studio stylistyczne Carrozzeria Frua. Oparty technicznie o model 121 (Amazon) samochód miał powstawać w zakładach Karmann’a, lecz po veto postawionym przed koncern VW wóz montowano początkowo w Wielkiej Brytanii (w zakładach Jensen), a od 1963 roku w Szwecji. Lata 1972-73 to ostatnia edycja tego wozu, Volvo 1800 ES, z nadwoziem które przywoływało styl „shooting brake” i powstało w sumie w 8078 sztukach. Ten egzemplarz ma absolutnie obłędne zestawienie kolorystyczne lakieru Petroleum blue i koniakowej skóry. Jest po renowacji, którą przeprowadzono dekadę temu, lecz wciąż prezentuje się fenomenalnie. Wóz licytowany bez ceny minimalnej podczas aukcji w Scottsdale, sprzedany został za 19600 dolarów, czyli 75028 złotych.

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25718/lot/109/

LOT 109
1973 Volvo P1800 ES Sport Wagon

US$ 35,000 – 45,000
PLN 130,000 – 170,000
Sold for US$ 19,600 (PLN 74,910) inc. premium

The Scottsdale Auction
16 Jan 2020, 11:00 MST
Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

1973 Volvo P1800 ES Sport Wagon
Chassis no. 6078.6108

1,985cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
125bhp at 5,800rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with O/D
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Stylish and practical Volvo Sports Estate
*Beautifully restored example
*Lovely Petroleum Blue over Cognac livery
*Just under 50,000 miles from new

THE VOLVO P1800

Introduced in 1960 and popularized by The Saint television series, starring Roger Moore, Volvo’s pretty P1800 Sports Coupe, although no hairy-chested tire-shredder, was nonetheless something of a radical departure for the sober-sided Swedish concern. Lacking a sports car in its range, Volvo had started the project back in 1957, the man chiefly responsible being an engineering consultant, Helmer Petterson, who had designed Volvo’s PV444. Carrozzeria Frua built the first three prototypes and it was intended that Karmann would undertake production, though this idea was vetoed by Volkswagen, Karmann’s biggest customer.

Based on the 121 saloon, the P1800 was built initially by Jensen Motors in West Bromwich and employed Volvo’s rugged, four-cylinder, overhead-valve engine in 1,778cc form. Breathing through twin carburetors, this unit produced 100bhp, an output sufficient to propel the solidly built coupé to a top speed of around 105mph. The running gear was conventional, with independent front suspension and live rear axle, and all versions came with servo-assisted front disc brakes. Production of the P1800 was transferred to Sweden in 1963.

A capacity increase to 1,985cc was followed by the adoption of fuel injection in 1969, maximum power increasing to 130bhp, with four-wheel disc brakes standardized at the same time. By the end of the 1960s, the model was beginning to look dated but the introduction of the Reliant GTE-influenced P1800ES Sport Wagon version extended its lease of life. Production of the P1800ES ceased in 1973 after 8,078 units had been built.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Beyond a line of 5 owners, little is known about the exact origins of this unique piece of Swedish iron, but in more recent times, this gentleman-like Wagon has undergone a thorough restoration. This work was conducted sometime around 2009 by a mechanic who was a previous owner. Some of the renovations included rebuilding the transmission, and installing new injectors, brakes, wiring harness, and pumps. The body was repainted to its original Petroleum Blue Metallic color and the Cognac interior received new carpets. Many further areas of the vehicle were addressed and documentation of the process containing further details was published once the work was complete. With such an uncommon and unique shape, these Volvos has endured as classics over the decade, now is the opportunity to pick up a fine example.