Volvo P1800 1961-1973


July 6, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 1, 2015
Volvo P1800 E (1970-1972)
Country
Sweden
Top Speed (mph)
115
0-50 mph
7.1
0-60 mph
10.1
1/4 mile
17.5
BHP
130 @6000rpm
Torque lbft
130 @3500rpm
BHP per ton
113
Engine capacity CC/CU
1988/121
Engine type
Straight 4 Fuel Injection
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
10.5:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 8
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual (Overdrive)
No of speeds
4/5
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Disc
No. of Seats
2+2
Length (in)
171.3
Width (in)
66.9
Height (in)
50.4
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2535
Additional Info: Originally the car was to be built by Karmann, until Volkswagen stepped in and threatened to cancelled all contracts with Karmann, as they felt that the P1800 would compete against their cars. Jensen Motors in the UK then stepped in and created the first 6000 P1800’s for Volvo. In 1963 Volvo then took over, changing the name to Volvo P1800S (S = Swedish). Overdrive options were made available from 1963. Engines from 1961-1963 were 1.8 litres and had 100bhp (0-60 in 12.4, 1/4 mile in 18 secs), 1963-1966 had 105-108bhp (0-60 in 11.9), 1966-1969 had 115bhp, later on in 1969 the engine capacity was increased to 2 litres giving 118bhp and in 1970 it got fuel injection (Volvo P1800E) giving 130bhp (see above). Incidently all pre 1970 P1800’s had rear drum brakes. A Volvo P1800ES was created in 1972 making the coupe into an Estate car. 1973 see’s only the P1800ES being built before production ends. The car is famous for being used by ‘The Saint’ and also for having the world record for the most mileage a person has driven a non commercial car (2,600,000 miles as at October 2007), all on the same engine!

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