Volvo 1800S Classic Car Near Louisville, KY

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The Volvo 1800S was a child of the 60s: wild, iconic, and free. The Volvo 1800S lived at a time when European manufacturing was still in recovery from WWII. A rising market segment drove the turnaround: the production of lightweight sports cars. With a scarcity of raw materials, all of Europe's great marques were producing cars that were small, agile, and fast. Most of them were 2+2s. In other words, just big enough for two adults to get away and have care-free grown-up fun on the weekend… paving the way for the larger family cars that would follow into the 1970s. On this page, you'll see how the Volvo 1800S captured the imagination of Hollywood as well as enthusiasts who would drive them well into the million-mile range. Sometimes referred to as the grandfather of the dynamic Volvo S60 for sale, the Volvo 1800S is as cool now as it ever was. See why below.

1961-1972. A Decade of Achievements

When Volvo Cars decided that they needed a car to compete with the Jaguar E-Type and the Porsche 356, which were gaining popularity across Europe, the project almost failed. Europe's top designers were all claimed by other OEMs, and sharing was forbidden. With designers and raw materials in short supply, Volvo Cars pressed on and ultimately partnered with Jensen to get the project off the ground. The Volvo P1800 Jensen was officially announced at the Brussels Motor Show in 1960 as an excited market awaited availability.

An interesting point for car enthusiasts is that the Volvo 1800S was faster and quicker than the Porsche 356 of the same era. This was an astonishing achievement that sent the Volvo 1800S straight to rockstar status (literally, as you will see below). Here are the specs of that vehicle:

  • Engine: naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual with RWD
  • Horsepower: 118hp
  • Speed: 112mph
  • 0-60: 9.6s
  • Brakes: four-wheel discs

Volvo Cars began to establish itself as the competitive brand against the world's most luxurious OEMs. The Porsche 356's top speed was 107mph and had a 0-60 of 13.5 seconds. Those kinds of stats wouldn't do for an upcoming Hollywood TV show, so the Volvo 1800S was chosen to accompany Roger Moore in his role of Simon Templar in The Saint. If you're wondering what happened to the Porsche 356, it was abandoned for some unknown reason, then replaced by a more powerful version in 1964 that looked almost identical. The world knows this reincarnation of the 356 as the Porsche 911.

Notoriety continued, and the Volvo 1800S became a sought-after vehicle by those looking for an alternative to mainstream options. So much so that the iconoclastic front-man Roger Daltry (of The Who) soon bought one in 1966. A photograph of the band posing in front of Daltry's Volvo P1800 became the cover art for a widespread PR campaign. This campaign showcased the band as youthful, rebellious, and confident: qualities all represented by the Volvo 1800S.

The Volvo 1800S. World Record & More

At the same time that The Who was posing with Daltry's 1966 Volvo P1800, another Volvo P1800 was purchased by a man from Long Island named Irv Gordon. It would take almost 20 years, but Gordon's Volvo 1800S would gain notoriety when it logged one million miles. The miles continued to pile up - as did Gordon's fans, which included automotive enthusiast Jay Leno.

Gordon appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2002 to discuss Gordon's passion for the vehicle. Gordon originally purchased the vehicle to tour the country and experience the thrill of the open road. Gordon's passion would continue, and by 2018, this vehicle reached well over three million miles (the distance of going to the moon and back six times). When asked about this achievement, Gordon stated that setting records was never his intent. Gordon says that he just wanted to "be part of the American dream." This is something that we can all grasp onto. That feeling of a steering wheel in our hands with the open road ahead of us - where, also in Gordon's words, "anything is possible."

Outside of Gordon's ability to take a Volvo P1800S further than anyone has driven, Cyan Racing was determined to make a Volvo 1800S go faster than it ever had. You know of Cyan Racing by its new name: Polestar Engineering, the in-house performance division of Volvo Cars. For about the cost of two nicely furnished homes, you can have your very own Volvo P1800 Cyan that boasts an impressive 414hp, a 5-speed manual transmission, and a body shell made entirely of carbon fiber.

Want a Volvo P1800S for yourself? Maybe, just maybe, one will turn up in our inventory of used Volvo cars for sale, but you'll have to fight for it. Here are some of the hottest FAQs that we get when people call us looking to purchase one:

What is a Volvo P1800 worth?

Originally sold at about $3,500, nicer examples trade hands at public auctions between $20k and $77k. The Volvo P1800 Cyan beats them all, costing about as much as a luxury 5-bedroom home.

What model Volvo car did The Saint drive?

The character of Simon Templar, played by Roger Moore, was a 1962 Volvo P1800. Sprayed in California White, this Volvo 1800S defined a new way to be cool for nearly half a century.

Where was the Volvo P1800 made?

All units were produced at the Volvo Cars home factory in Sweden. Though, the earliest of examples sourced body materials that were first stamped in England before arriving in Sweden.

Going the Distance. Quantrell for Life

Here at Quantrell Volvo, your Volvo dealer near Louisville, you've likely heard us talk about "Quantrell for life." Since we opened our doors over 50 years ago, we've seen generations of customers return to us with the desire to experience a sense of dedication & trust almost lost in today's world. When you shop with us, your needs are met. You're listened to. You're respected. So whether you take a new Volvo car to 36k miles in a lease over three years or 3.6M miles over the course of about 50 years, we're here to make sure that every mile is an exceptional one.

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