Volvo 1800S (1+1a) – Dark, dark green elegance ️️️
(1969, Volvo 1800S ...... The short story – extracts: Since 1961, Volvo produced their version of a sport sedan aka the P1800 (it’s name for the first 2 years) ... the car got its name as a reference to its new 1,800cc, five-main-bearing, cast-iron B18 inline four. It was designed by Pelle Petterson, the son of engineering consultant Helmer Petterson, who actually was responsible for the post-war Volvo PV444 ... so the car design abilities did run in the family blood so to speak .
Volvo had no production capacity for the new car, and so entered into a contract with UK-based Jensen Motors and bodies were made by Pressed Steel in Scotland.
Jensen was supposed to build 10,000 cars, but Volvo cancelled the contract (Volvo paid them compensation to get out of the contract) after 6,000 had been deliveredIn and in April of 1963, assembly of the car was moved to Gothenburg in Sweden, accompanied by a name change to the 1800S; the “S” stood for Sweden (the “P,” which stood for “personvagn”, which means “car” in english, was dropped, but ... nevertheless it’s by many car enthusiasts still called P1800 no matter which year the model is from 🙃). The 1800S underwent continual changes throughout its long production, but I’ll mention some changes made for the 1969 S-model, which is the one in my photos and because 1969 was the last year for the 1800S.
The 1800S from model year 1969 got e.g. the following changes: a new B20B-engine (though, the P1800 in my photos also has a B20B motor, but slightly modified ... with B20E cylinder head and tuned to 2.1 instead of standard 2.0), dual circuit brake system, new brake warning light at dashboard, SU carburettors replaced by Zenith Stromberg-carburettors (SU stays on the RHD cars), new clutch and flywheel, new rear axle, front indicators turned around: the orange part now is at the bottom, new windscreen, new alternator, radiator fan now has a friction clutch, J-type overdrive replaces D-type overdrive ... pheeeew, at lot of changes for just one year, since in 1970 it was replaced by the 1800E (with electronic fuel injection and the B20E engine ) - 3 hours ago