loading Loading please wait....

Volvo P1800 ES '73

car description

The project of a Volvo sportscar 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. The man behind the project was an engineering consultant to Volvo, Helmer Pettersson, who in the 1940s was responsible for the Volvo PV444. The design work was done by Helmer's son Pelle Pettersson, who worked at Pietro Frua at that time. Volvo insisted it was an Italian design by Frua and only officially recognized that Pelle Pettersson designed it in 2009. The Italian Carrozzeria Pietro Frua design firm (then a recently acquired subsidiary of Ghia) built the first three prototypes, designated: P958-X1, P958-X2 and P958-X3. In December 1957 Helmer Petterson drove X1, (the first hand-built P1800 prototype) to Osnabrück, West Germany, headquarters of Karmann. Petterson hoped that Karmann would be able to take on the tooling and building of the P1800. Karmann's engineers had already been preparing working drawings from the wooden styling buck at Frua. Petterson and Volvo chief engineer Thor Berthelius met there, tested the car and discussed the construction with Karmann. They were ready to build i

Accessories

left-hand-drive volvo p1800 es 73 grey 4-speed manual overdrive shooting-brake 1973 swedish 1800 p

key Facts

  • Ad ID
    273766
  • Ad type
    For sale
  • Category
    Volvo > P1800
  • Year
    1973
Email Dealer >>

People who viewed this item also viewed

€26,950 (£24,265.78)

Aalter, Flanders
Belgium

Email Dealer >>
Evo
Octane, the essential read for every classic car enthusiast.
Try 5 issues of octane today for just £5 and receive a free welcome gift!