Lot 1475

Sold for £21,000

Lot details

A 1973 Volvo P1800 ES Automatic

Reg No. BDL41L

Chassis No. 3893

Engine No. 765

Gearbox No. 300559

Body No. 3932

Odometer 14680, Note Vendor states from UK import in 1973 to 1987 38,201, new speedo fitted and current reading is to present day, total mileage circa 52,900

The Volvo P1800 ES was the last model manufactured in the P1800 series only being produced between 1972 and 1973. Effectively its design was a shooting-break derivation of the P1800 Coupe which was introduced in 1961 using the mechanical underpinnings of the Volvo Amazon/122 series. The P1800 was popularised by the 1962 British TV series “The Saint” starring Roger Moore.

Our Volvo has been extensively restored using many well known model restorers, the simply outstanding result can only be described as just short of Concours condition. Finished in Ferrari Red with Black interior, Red carpeting, gleaming chrome, under bonnet detailing of superb quality. The vendor reports that over the years that this restoration has taken place over £25,000 has been spent. The 1986cc B20 engine starts and runs beautifully driving through a smooth changing Borg Warner 35 automatic gearbox. A period radio has been fitted but is not connected as the owner didn’t want to make unnecessary holes in the interior, he also advises that the HRW is not operating. A large file of restoration invoices come with the car. Two other Volvo P1800’s reside with the vendor upon which he wishes to concentrate, hence this car is reluctantly offered for sale.

Full body and mechanical restoration 2014/15 – bodywork and paint by ACJ Vehicle Repairs, Diss with the following works carried out;

Original B20 engine rebuilt by Amazon Cars Ltd (with unleaded head, electronic distributor and SU carburettors)

Borg Warner BW35 automatic gearbox (same as in Aston Martin DB4/5, Jaguar Mk2, Triumph Stag, etc.)

New seals, sump gasket kit & kickdown cable.

SU carburettors restored by Andrew Turner, Colsterworth, Lincs

Steering box rebuilt by Ultimate Recon Ltd., Birmingham.

Cooling system – new water pump, radiator re-cored, new pipes and hoses.

Braking system – new calipers, discs, master cylinder, flexible hoses and kunifer pipework.

Suspension - new shock absorbers, ball joints and poly bushes.

Front wishbones, rear torque/support arms and front & rear springs blasted & painted.

All original chromium parts re-plated by Silchrome Ltd., Leeds (inc. Bumpers, grille & window frames, door handles, tailgate hinges, headlamp bezels & rear light bases).

P1800E alloy wheels blasted and powder coated by Excel Powder Coating Ltd., Mildenhall.

New interior trim, carpets & original upholstery restoration by D.S. Thompsett, Cambridge.

New Volvo OEM parts (too numerous to list) supplied by Brookhouse Volvo Ltd., Ipswich.

Rare original Volvo OEM parts (unavailable new) supplied by Amazonia, Eye, Suffolk.

For reliability, the original Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection system was replaced with twin su carburettors (as fitted to all Volvo p1800 cars prior to 1969). Also, for reliability, the original contact breaker/condenser distributor was replaced with a modern electronic distributor made by 123ignition.nl


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