Volvo is not a brand that conjures up images of muscled up cars zooming down the road. They are more comfortably in the category of the ‘safe and outdoorsy’ vehicle beloved by college professors and young families alike. Yet, at one point in time the sporty P1800 line from the Swedish automaker was among their most popular. Now, thanks to Bonhams, there is a chance you could get your hands on their 1972 Volvo P1800E.
The car’s B20E engine with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection could put 130 horses through the four speed manual transmission to help sprint the car from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 9.5 seconds on its way up to a top speed of 118 miles per hour. When the car needed to stop? It had four disc brakes to do it with. The P1800E was developed in the late 1950s as a corrective to the marque’s dud of a car, the P1900. That model had only sold 68 cars, putting the brand in a position where they needed badly to produce a hit in order to compete in both the European and American market. After a lot of hard work, and a close call with Volkswagen (who tried to kill the car for fear of it hurting their sales), the P1800 rolled off the lot in 1960 marking the beginning of a popular line for the company. It even made a regular appearance in the show the T.V. show The Saint with Roger Moore. This car is slated to be auctioned December 7th and is expected to go for anywhere between $34,000 and $42,000. [Purchase]