"The Saint" Volvo 1800 S first owned by the late Sir Roger Moore will be displayed at Techno-Classica Essen, Germany's huge classic car show, in late March.
A 1967 Volvo 1800 S formerly owned by the late Sir Roger Moore and which starred in The Saint will be on display with Volvo Cars Heritage at Techno-Classica Essen.
Prior to taking on the role of James Bond, where he reprized the role of the world’s most infamous spy for a record seven films, Moore starred as Simon Templar in The Saint from 1962 to 1969.
In early February of 1967, Moore became the registered keeper of his co-starring 1800 S. Finished in Pearl White, the car was built in Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Sweden at the end of 1966. Wearing its "ST 1" number plate, the car featured until the series ended.
Later, Moore sold the car to actor Martin Benson, who played Mr Solo in Goldfinger.
Several owners followed, and in the early 2000s the car was carefully restored to near-original condition. Notably, it retains a thermometer on the dashboard and a separate interior fan, used to cool the actors during studio filming.
Gallery: Volvo 1800 S Roger Moore
The German exhibition, which runs from March 21-25, will be the first time the car has been shown at a European classic car show.
At Techno-Classica, Moore’s car will feature alongside another Volvo 1800 belonging to Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars.
Samuelsson said: "The Saint with Roger Moore was my favourite TV show in the 1960s and since then I always wanted a P1800. It is the most legendary Volvo model of all time and a great example of Scandinavian design. Volvo Cars proudly purchased this car a few years ago and we are very excited to be able to show it at Techno-Classica. It is a unique car with a remarkable history," added Per-Åke Fröberg, head of Volvo Cars Heritage.
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Gallery: Volvo at 2018 Techno-Classica
Volvo Cars brings Sir Roger Moore’s 1800 S to Techno-Classica classic car show
Volvo Cars will showcase the 1967 Volvo 1800 S once owned by Sir Roger Moore and featured in television’s ‘The Saint’ at the Volvo Cars Heritage stand at Techno-Classica Essen, Germany, March 21-25.
It will be the first time the car is displayed at a classic car show in Europe.
Moore’s car was built at the Volvo Torslanda plant in Sweden, in November 1966. The 1800 S in Pearl White is equipped with Mini-Lite wheels with the rare original ‘truncated’ spoke design, Hella fog lamps and a Volvo wooden steering wheel. Inside, the car still has details from the filming of ‘The Saint,’ such as a thermometer on the dashboard and a separate interior fan, used to cool the actors during studio filming.
Moore is the documented first registered owner of this famous 1800 S. The London registration plates, NUV 648E, were issued on 20 January 1967. Moore signed the registration papers two weeks later and they have followed the car since.
At Techno-Classica, Moore’s car will park alongside another Volvo 1800, an immaculate 1967 model belonging to Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. Samuelsson’s classic is painted in the unusual Light Green colour and is arguably one of the finest 1800s in Europe.
“‘The Saint’ with Roger Moore was my favourite TV-show in the sixties and since then I always wanted a P1800,” said Samuelsson. “It is the most legendary Volvo model of all time and a great example of Scandinavian design.”
In ‘The Saint,’ the car sported the famous ‘ST 1’ plates and made its debut in the episode, ‘A Double in Diamonds,’ filmed in February 1967. It was then lead character Simon Templar’s transport until the series ended in 1969.
Moore later sold the car to actor Martin Benson, who played Mr Solo in the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ (1964). Several owners followed and in the early-2000s the car was carefully restored to near-original condition.
“Volvo Cars proudly purchased this car a few years ago and we are very excited to be able to show it at Techno-Classica. It is a unique car with a remarkable history,” said Per-Åke Fröberg, head of Volvo Cars Heritage.
Volvo Cars will also show: a one-off 1968 1800 ES prototype built by Italian coachbuilder Pietro Frua; an unrestored 1973 1800 ES in Orange, never driven on the road; an extremely rare 1966 1800 Volvoville convertible, of which only 30 were built; and an early 1961 P1800 barn-find.
The future will also be on show in the form of the new XC40, Volvo’s historic first entry in the small premium SUV segment. The XC40 launched in September 2017 and is proving popular among car buyers, with global XC40 orders already exceeding 20,000 units.
The Saint was the alias of Simon Templar, a character created by author Leslie Charteris in the 1920s. The Saint series of books spawned a series of films and later the popular ITC television show.
The show aired 118 episodes from October 1962 until February 1969 and enjoyed great success in the UK and the USA. The series was later syndicated in more than 80 countries. The Saint, always portrayed by Roger Moore, drove a white Volvo P1800 coupe.