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1961-1972 VOLVO P1800/S/E specifications


Volvo gets racy! Or at least looked it. The P1800, designed by Frua and launched in 1960, was a startling-looking creation and British eyebrows were raised when Roger Moore drove one as The Saint. But the swept-back glamour disguised little more than 120 mechanics, which gave reasonable enough performance but fell short of being exhilarating. Post-1963, the name was changed to 1800S as power increased to 108 and 115bhp. A bit more wolf and less sheepish was the fuel-injected 1800E of 1969 to 1972; its 130bhp gave performance that went with the looks.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £1,836
  • Price (excellent)
    £9,000
  • Price (good):
    £7,500
  • Price (average):
    £3,750
  • Price (project):
    £1,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    13.2secs
  • Top speed:
    104.0mph
  • Power:
    115.0bhp
  • Torque:
    108.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbones, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Panhard rod, coil spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4400mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2451mm
  • Width:
    1676mm
  • Height:
    1280mm
  • Weight:
    1070kgs

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