With Volvo's reputation for solidity and stunning styling from Italian design house Frua, the Volvo P1800 should have been a remarkable success. But it was haunted by early build and reliability problems. A lack of space at Volvo's factory in Sweden, coupled to limited projected sales, meant that manufacture of the PI800 was franchised out to British sports car maker Jensen. The English firm agreed to assemble the car if it was supplied in component form, so Volvo outsourced manufacture of the body pressings to Pressed Steel Limited of Linwood, Scotland. The bodies were freighted to Jensen, but some weren't properly treated against rust and rot was always a P1800 problem. Later cars were called 1800E and had a 2.0-liter fuel-injected engine, while an unusual 1800ES sports estate was offered for the final three years of production.
Volvo P1800 Specifications
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