Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Bagged P1800 ES

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Undoubtedly one of the coolest cars at this year's Wheels Day, I have very little info to offer on this beyond a slightly excited 'Phwoar, blimey, look at that'. Which pretty much seemed to be the general bystander consensus on the day.

The ES was the final variant of Volvo's popular P1800 series, launched in 1972 to transform the sylph-like coupé into a sort of mini shooting brake. The engine was downtuned to be slightly less powerful but also far less peaky, as befitted the new gran turismo styling, and the model came with a frameless all-glass tailgate, which is of course ineffably cool.
This particular one is running air-ride and a set of Japan Racing JR10 wheels, and that's all it needs to make it one of the most desirable cars on the retro scene today. Most people don't know what it is, and those that do have never seen one like this before. Simple, but effective. Lovely.

More pics from Wheels Day 2016 here.

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