1962 Volvo P1800 (Jensen build)
Original car with original 4-cylinder engine and manual 4-speed transmission with overdrive and 36,921 miles on the odometer. This is an early Jensen produced P1800 (car number 2507) and it has the correct bull horn bumpers, egg crate grill, license light front white parking lights, C pillar badges, fresh air grill and the correct hub caps and wheels and correct chrome.
Gray with reupholstered red interior. This car was originally color code #70- red, with #302 original interior code. Original black plate California car until 2015. The floors and frame are very clean as can be seen in the pictures. The car (in 2015) got a new limit straps, brakes hoses, front calipers, engine and trans mounts, heater and radiator hoses, front wheel bearings, brake shoes and sway bar link kit.
The interior and the seats were reupholstered, and the upper and lower dashes have been recovered. The headliner was redone at the same time, but there is an aftermarket sunroof in it. New carpet kit, door panels and the door boaters were recovered, and it has newer seat belts.
Odometer: 36,921 miles
Car Number: 2507
Engine: 4-cyl. 1800cc/100hp EFI, B20B
Transmission: 4-speed manual with overdrive, M40
History of the 1961-1973 Volvo P1800/1800S/1800E/1800ES:
Volvo was best known for making sturdy but somewhat stodgy sedans in the mold of the PV544 and the 122 Amazon. In the 1950s, Volvo flirted with a sports car with the fiberglass P1900, but quality was miserable as were the driving dynamics of the car. Volvo took another stab at a sporty car with the P1800 in 1961.
Design of the car was until very recently attributed to Frua of Italy, but in reality, it was a family affair, done primarily by a then-young Pelle Pettersen the son of 544 designer Helmer Pettersen. The car at least looked Italian, very much a product of the 1950s rather than the 1960s with neat tail fins and a short greenhouse with a tall beltline. Early cars were assembled by Jensen in West Bromwich, England.
Production was shifted to Volvo’s Gothenburg plant in Sweden in 1963 and the model name transitioned from P1800 to 1800S. A few years later, in 1969, the original 1.8-liter B18 engine was replaced with the 2.0-liter B20 for an added 18 hp. Both engines came with dual, English-made SU carburetors. In 1970, the 1800E came with a host of changes including a new instrument panel.
The last major variant was the 1800ES, a two-door wagon with a glass tailgate. Nearly as lovely as the coupe, it remains one of the most successful variations on the sports wagon theme.
Today, parts support for the 1800 remains good, and several specialists are available to take good care of owners.
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