1962 Volvo P1800 Series A

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  • Rare early example of the A Series built by Jensen
  • Highly original inside and out
  • Elegant period features including fog lamps and wheel covers
  • Very well maintained car with a slight patina due to age

The Appeal

The P1800 was a simple idea. Volvo wanted to fill a gap in its model range with a car that would engage with the emerging American sports car market.

Often attributed to Frua, the elegant design was actually conceived by a Volvo stylist on secondment to the Italian coachbuilder. The gestation of the car was difficult because Karmann, who was in charge of building it, had to withdraw at Volkswagen's request, and then Jensen failed to live up to Volvo's expectations.

Only 6,000 P1800s were built by Jensen until March 1963. Known as the 'A Series' cars, they are considered to be the purest version of the design and, because of their rarity, are particularly sought after.

This car's chassis number places it as a late 1962 Jensen. In remarkable condition, it retains its original features and is both very solid and very presentable with an exquisite interior. The P1800 is a style icon and this delightful example demonstrates exactly why.

The History and Paperwork

  • The VIN number places this car as a late 1962 model
  • The VIN plate confirms that this is a Jensen-built car with pressed steel bodywork
  • The A Series cars were powered by the B18B high-compression 95 bhp engine.
  • Only 6,000 cars were built by Jensen until March 1963, after which Volvo resumed production.
  • Later cars, known as the B-Series and later, underwent various cosmetic and mechanical changes.

The Condition

  • Very presentable red car with elegant beige interior
  • Some light patina marks inside and out, but these really add character
  • One crack in the paintwork on the top of the wing, but otherwise the paintwork is in good condition
  • The bodywork is well presented with no visible corrosion or damage to note
  • The exterior badges are complete and appear to be original
  • Fitted with some exceptional period features such as front and rear auxiliary lights and faux-wire wheel covers
  • Other sumptuous features include a pair of 'hockey stick' front bumpers
  • Chrome and exterior accessories are well presented
  • Only a small area of tarnish to be noted on the rear bumper
  • Original tail lights
  • Firestone tyres in apparent good condition, with plenty of rubber
  • Very specific original factory beige interior showing light patina due to age
  • Seats are well maintained, as are carpets and factory specific rear trim with storage space
  • Beautiful dashboard with bonnet dials and aluminium trim in very good condition
  • Fitted with period radio and factory two-spoke deep style steering wheel

The Mechanics

  • 1,778 cc Volvo B18B high-compression engine developing 95 bhp
  • 4-speed manual gearbox
  • Overdrive
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Auction Details
  • Year 1962
  • Make Volvo
  • Model P1800
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 41,748 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1778
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Var
  • Country France
  • Auction ends

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