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June 13, 2024

Interesting Collector Cars For Less Than $50k USD-Volvo 1800

by Mike –

Previously we have featured the Porsche 928, the Datsun 510 Sedan and the Jensen Interceptor as examples of collector cars that can be had for less than $50,000 USD.

Today it is the Volvo 1800 series.

Volvo 1800

Sturdy and boring is usually what we think of when the name Volvo comes up. The 1800 series changed that.

Volvo 1800

Volvo P1800

The Volvo 1800 project was led by an engineering consultant to Volvo, Helmer Petterson, who was responsible for the Volvo PV444 in the 1940s. The design was done by Helmer’s son Pelle Petterson, who worked at the Italian firm Frua at that time.

The tail fins looked more 1950s than 1960s but were stylish and fit the car nicely. The first few thousand cars were assembled by Jensen in West Bromwich, England.

Quality of the Jensen-built cars was not up to Volvo’s standards and production was moved to Volvo’s Gothenburg plant in Sweden in 1963 and the model name was changed from P1800 to 1800S (‘S’ for Sweden).

In 1969, the original 1.8-liter B18 engine was replaced with the 2.0-liter B20 for an added 18 hp. Both engines came with dual, English-made SU carburetors.

The last major model was the 1800ES, a two-door station wagon (shooting brake) with a glass tailgate.


1,778 cc B18 I4

1,986 cc B20B/E/F I4


4-speed M40 manual

4-speed M41 manual with Laycock overdrive

3-speed Borg-Warner 35 automatic

The Volvo 1800 was featured in the TV series “The Saint” staring Roger Moore as Simon Templar. Like James Bond and the Aston Martin this exposure helped Volvo’s image.

Volvo The Saint - Roger Moore

Roger Moore as The Saint and the Volvo 1800

The Volvo 1800 is not fast or dangerous but it is stylish and an attention getter.

Number made: 39,407 coupes and 8,078 station wagons (shooting brake) from 1961–1973.

Hagerty Price Guide value for a condition 2 example: $19,600 to $23,800 for the coupe depending on the model.

Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide median price: $10,000 to $20,900 for the P1800, 1800S and 1800E.

Volvo 1800

Volvo P1800

Volvo 1800

Volvo P1800

Let us know what you think in the Comments.



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The Volvo 1800 is a classic and stylish Swedish sports car made famous by the TV series "The Saint" staring Roger Moore as Simon Templar.


  1. What about the P1800 ES ? Very nice and sporty design. Until now an underrated car.

  2. I had a 1965 P1800S for about 5 years in the 1980s when in some major life transitions. I still refer to her as my “mechanical mistress.” What a great car. The only maintenance she ever needed was oil changes and occasional cleaning of those dual carbs. I had the body redone, painted a Ferrari red and I put some beautiful chrome wheels on her. Great choice for a feature car!

  3. Werd Bmocsil says

    Now you’ve done it; alerting the world, making it all that much more difficult for me to find mine.


  4. Raymond Zinn says

    Always wanted one. I have no idea why I never got one.
    Maybe because I never checked the price, or, back then afraid of “those ferin cars”,
    But like Karel (above) said, Iagree.
    Well, I don’t say the figures touted are bogus, I do think, somewhat low.
    I’m gonna find out, you betcha.

  5. Curt Bradbury says

    Had one in the 80’s for a few years. Painted it pearl yellow with the inscription P 1800 in large black matt numbers on each side on the bottom. Looked neat. I also put Anson (ford lug) alum wheels on it and it was a looker. Still have one restored but garage bound in NY. Thank you Roger Moore

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