Classic Volvo P1800E heading to auction

A stunning Volvo P1800E in excellent original condition is set to go under the hammer this December.

Before Volvo became known for making super-safe and boxy estate cars, the Swedish manufacturer produced some beautiful, curvy motors.

The P1800E is a perfect example of that. It was originally introduced in 1961 and was built for 12 years. Though not much information is given about this particular car, it is in excellent condition.

However, because of the minor cracking of the leather on the seats and the lightly faded yellow paint job, it would appear that this car is in a well-looked-after original condition rather than having undergone a full restoration.

There’s also plenty of chrome, which is used on the windscreen surround, wing mirrors, front grille and headlights. The black wheels come with a silver design, which offsets the yellow paint nicely.

Because this car was built later in the P1800E’s lifespan it gets the B20E version of the manufacturer’s four-cylinder engine, which replaced the less powerful B18 engine in 1970.

The ‘E’ in the name denotes the fact that this is a top-spec car, and as such it comes with a number of extras not found on the standard car. These include disc brakes, new wheels and a slightly upgraded interior.

Approximately 40,000 P1800s were made, and finding them in good condition now is rare. As such, this car has an impressive estimate of between £28,000 and £34,000. It will go up for auction on December 7 at the Bonhams December Sale at London Olympia.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

October 18, 2016

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