The Volvo P1800 is a 2+2, front-engine, rear wheel drive sports car manufactured and marketed by Volvo Cars between 1961 and 1973. The stunning styling was by Pelle Petterson under the tutelage of Pietro Frua when Frua’s studio was a subsidiary of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia. The mechanicals for the P1800 were derived from Volvo’s Amazon 122 series. The cars had a reputation for being extremely reliable and this was cemented in the history books when an 1800S owned by Irv Gordon was certified as the highest mileage private vehicle driven by the original owner in non-commercial service having exceeded 3.25 million miles (over 5.23 million km) as of his death in 2018.
The P1800 was marketed as a touring car rather than a sports car and became widely known when driven by British actor Roger Moore in the television series The Saint.
This example of the truly iconic P1800 was delivered new to Iva Bone of Willoughby, Sydney in 1966. The car clearly lived a pampered life in Australia before being exported to New Zealand in 2016.
The car is accompanied with a file of ownership history along with an extensive folder of invoices documenting work carried out over the years. Fitted with power steering and period minilite wheels this is a very usable classic that could even be used as a daily driver. Examples in this condition are rare in New Zealand and becoming increasingly popular.