1963 Volvo P1800S



This 1963 Volvo P1800S is a seldom-seen sports car which presents tidily in a smart specification. Under the bonnet is a naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine which outputs 86kW (116hp) to the rear wheels. This powertrain is mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The odometer of this car currently displays 58,104 miles since new.



Sporting undeniable 1960s style, the Volvo P1800 is a sports car which flies under the radar against its Alfa Romeo, MG, and Jaguar contemporaries. It was developed through the late 1950s in order to compete in the US and European markets and was unveiled in 1961. Volvo couldn’t accommodate the car on its own production lines so it outsourced manufacturing to British firm Jensen Motors. But it wasn’t long until Volvo took things in-house with the updated P1800S model which was built out of its Gothenburg facility in Sweden. The updated P1800S featured more power and a higher top speed, but retained everything else people loved about the original. These days the P1800S is revered for its period styling and enjoyable drive experience, with rising prices reflecting its rarity.



This car sports dark grey paintwork over a red-upholstered interior. Elements of chrome trim are seen around the windows and on the grille, accentuating the car’s premium positioning and stylistic nature. There are no obvious modifications to the car’s original specification. The car currently rides on a set of 15-inch chrome-capped wheels which are wrapped in Vredestein Sprint tyres.



Built at Volvo’s Gothenburg plant in 1963, this vehicle has spent a majority of its life in the United Kingdom before it was shipped to Australia in 2021. It has completed very little mileage over the past 12-15 years as it has been in storage – just the occasional drive to an annual MOT inspection. The vehicle underwent a full restoration in the late 1990s and its interior was re-upholstered in the early 2000s. In the last year it has been resprayed to address some minor blemishes. A recent full service was completed and the seller asserts the vehicle has no faults.





The exterior condition of this Volvo P1800S presents very well considering the vehicle’s age. A recent respray ensures the paintwork shows well with nice reflections, while chrome trim is in good order throughout. Points of patina are seen on aspects of the silver trim surrounding the vehicle, adding to the car’s vintage character. The badges show signs of weathering consistent with the vehicle’s age. The rubbers around the front and rear windows has been replaced recently though the rubbers along the side windows could be replaced. Some minor dents and scuffs are seen on the wheel caps.



Cabin presentation is very good; this car’s interior has been well-preserved. The red upholstery shows in great condition without marks or tears. The door cards have minor cracks commensurate with age, as does the dash. Its striking red carpet appears in good order but some splitting is seen around the centre console. Overall wear and tear is minimal.



This vehicle will be supplied with extensive paperwork documenting its history.



To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.



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