Volvo began production of the iconic P1800 in 1961. For the first two production years only, the P1800 assembled in England at the Jensen factory. Volvo took delivery of 6,000 units of the “Jensen” P1800 before canceling the contract. Model years were 1961 and 1962. The car we have for sale is a 1963 manufacture date (so late run ’62). The P1800 we are listing was sold brand new in Oklahoma City and has lived in Oklahoma its entire life, traveling first to its home in Stillwater, then to Edmond where it lived in a garage.
This ownership history is verified in our records, as we have copies of the original title and delivery receipt all the way to current ownership. The current title number matches the original. Because it did not live on the coast or in a severe climate, this P1800 is rust-free. Miles are showing 42,136, which we believe to be original, per the documentation that we have. We would be delighted to share more details about this car via phone or in person.
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Planned in Sweden, designed in Italy, unveiled at the car show in Brussels, built in Britain and a huge success in the United States, the Volvo P1800 is Volvo’s most internationally renowned model.
In 2011, this remarkable people’s favorite turned 50. It was in 1961 the P1800 entered production and it reached showrooms after four years of careful planning and development; remained in production until 1973. From a sales perspective, the P1800 played a modest role for the company, but from an image viewpoint, it played a far bigger role than any previous Volvo model. Few, if any, subsequent models have matched it image-wise.
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