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When most people think of Volvo, they think of boxy designs, however, that has not always been the case, and current Volvo’s are as sleek and curvy as cars get.
While Volvo has produced some attractive cars in its lifetime, perhaps the most loved and admired is the P1800. While first prototypes of this car hit the roads in 1960, eager buyers had to wait another year to get their hands on this beautiful 2+2 coupe. Interesting point to note, while the prototypes were built by the Italian coachbuilder Frua, initial production vehicles were built by Jensen Motors in U.K.
While officially Volvo offered two body styles, the original coupe followed by an estate version in 1971, a US-built convertible model was also briefly teased in 1966.
Perhaps the two most famous P1800′s belonged to Simon Templar (played by Roger Moore) from the TV-series “The Saint” and Irv Gordon, a teacher who has covered 2.8-million miles in 45-years of ownership.
Even after 50-years, the design looks well proportioned and beautiful, and it will be celebrated at the TecnoClassica show in Essen, Germany at the end of March.
Volvo is under Chinese ownership at the moment, so let’s hope they will consider doing a new sports coupe that will also stand the test of time like the P1800 has.
The Guinness Book of Records holder for most miles driven by a single owner in a passenger car is setting his sights on passing 3 million miles in his 1966 Volvo P1800 as he approaches his 70th birthday.
Irv Gordon, a retired science teacher from New York state, broke the record in 1998 by driving 1.69 million miles. Gordon had a 125 mile commute and was maintained his vehicle relentlessly. Most of the components, including the engine, are all original.
“Three million miles by my 73nd birthday sounds right,” Gordon said. “But, whether I reach that mark is more up to me than it is the car. The car’s parts have long proven they can take it, but I’m not so sure about my own. Either way, it will be a fantastic testament to the engineering genius of Volvo as well as to the resiliency of folks my age.
Gordon wants to ensure he hits 3 million miles to ensure that his record remains unbroken long after he’s gone. ”Three million miles is an iron clad number that I’d like to think sits right up there with DiMaggio’s consecutive game hitting streak. Who’s going to beat that? No one.”
[Source: Volvo ]
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