For cars like the Porsche 911, it’s easy to see why they’re so inflated: everyonewants one. For other classics, their commanding value isn’t so black and white. Take the Volvo P1800, for instance. They’re rare enough to catch the average bystander off guard, they’re powered by a front mounted inline four-cylinder that rotates the rear wheels, and they have looks on par with many higher end autos of similar vintage.
If you want to feel like an MI6 agent, the coupe is perfect. If you’re more of the utilitarian type, you’re in luck because the P1800 was offered as a stylish shooting brake—and one of the all time coolest (in an admittedly small genre).
So, why hasn’t The Saint’s car of choice skyrocketed in value? I have no idea, but mark my words: if you’ve always fancied a P1800, you need to buy one now. Like, right now, because they’re climbing the market in delayed response to many others, and it’d be a shame if you missed out on a dream car! Thankfully, there are plenty listed for sale on the world’s largest used car lot: the Internet. How about this zany colored 1967 Volvo P1800 S Coupé headed to Auctions America in Auburn?
In the late 1950s, Volvo began developing a car aimed to compete with its European counterparts. In the age of pinnacle Bertone and Pininfarina design, the Swedes had some stiff competition. Engineering consultant Helmer Petterson was hired to lead the program. Helmer subsequently hired his son, Pelle Petterson, to design the P1800, who just so happened to be working for Italian coachbuilder Pietro Frua.