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A sleek, stylish very rare Jensen built Volvo P1800 in immaculate original condition.  
Galvanized bodywork, chrome ‘cowhorn’ front bumpers, chrome tipped tail fins, rheostat-controlled instrument lighting, headlight signalling device controlled by direction indicator switch, courtesy lights, twin horns and extra loud horn, revolution counter (0-7000 r.p.m.), strip-type temperature gauge for water and oil, oil pressure gauge, fuel gauge, electric clock, charging indicator, two speed windshield wipers, padded sun visors and instrument panel, grab handle for passenger on instrument panel, electrically operated overdrive. 

This stunning Volvo is finished in the factory Grey Metallic, (colour code 71), a choice of only three colours at the time and has a beautiful deep luscious shine. The brightness of this example helps to show the many concave and convex styling lines which really are amazing.  Being an early Jenson P1800 the unmarked chrome side body mouldings turn up to the door handle and the distinctive ‘cowhorn’ bumpers give the car incredible presence.   Detailed photographs of an expensive restoration in 1984 will ensure the new owner can enjoy this car with no structural issues to deal with.  A few minor imperfections on very close inspection.  Beautiful.

A no expense spared re-trim makes this interior delightful. An opulent environment helps justify the vast cost these cars were when new and the craftsmanship taken to produce.  Detailed instrumentation and chrome switch gear coordinate beautifully with the red leather interior.  The electric clock has stopped working and an aftermarket cassette player was fitted in 1982. Fortunately the Volvo blanking plate was retained making it possible revert back to the original appearance.  A tiny tear in the clean rear headlining is visible.  Simply luxurious.   

The in-line four cylinder B18D engine produces 100bhp through the twin 1’/4” SU carburetors and is gloriously smooth thanks to five lead-bronze bearings.  Breathing through a very expensive stainless steel exhaust system this Volvo has ample performance.  Progress is swift and the four-speed fully synchronized sports transmission is light and precise.  The optional electrically-operated overdrive makes long distance cruising a pleasure and enabling a constant 34mpg at 70mph, (Source The Motor August 1st 1962).   

Balanced pressed steel wheels with unmarked chrome covers. Four new Goodyear GT80 165 R15 tyres. Servo brakes with splash protected self-adjusting front disc brakes and self –centring hydraulic rear drum brakes provide progressive and safe stopping power.

Supplied new by Volvo Agents, Castle Motors in Leicester and purchased on the 19th September 1962 by the wealthy owner of Fox’s Glacier Mints Ltd.  The vehicle was a gift for his wife, Mrs W.B.Fox and then passed to the son in 1970.  It was chauffer maintained up until this point and a letter is contained in the thick history file from the Son confirming this.  Continually enthusiast owned by four keepers since, the last for 28 years, this example still looks amazing after a full detailed and photographic restoration in 1984.  Now available for a lucky new owner to cherish one of the rarest P1800 Volvos made.
All handbooks including the Warranty and Service Booklet and Instruction Book remain as do all the spare keys.

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Jensen Volvo P1800



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A sleek, stylish very rare Jensen built Volvo 1800 in immaculate original condition.

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