From Volvo press: At the Brussels International Motor Show in January 1960, Volvo presented an entirely new vehicle - a sports car. The P1800 was shown to an interested audience for the first time "in the flesh". Volvo had released a press photograph of the newcomer the year before. This 2-seater sports coupe had a completely new engine, the B18B. During the first few years the car was assembled in England, as Volvo did not have the space needed to build another model in the cramped plant on Hisingen. In May of 1961, the P1800 went into production.
The Volvo 1800, the sports car designed for comfortable touring, is the Volvo which became the biggest "tv star". In the series "The Saint" Roger Moore drove a white P1800 much to the annoyance of the British automobile industry. Roger Moore also drove a P1800 in private life for many years. The P1800 received as award for its attractive design at the 1961 California State Fair and, at the 24-hour race at the Sebring track in the US, the P1800 was the official car in 1963 and 1964.
The collection of P1800 cars is impressive. The P1800 from 1961 with an original 2.5 litre DOHC four-cylinder Aston Martin prototype engine which was fitted to the car at the Aston factory for test purposes.