Friday, March 17, 2023

The reason behind the P1800 fame, why is it such a resilient car!

We all are aware that the fame of resilience of the P1800 has been demonstrated by our friend Irv Gordon for 5 decades with the highest mileage in the world for a personal car.

This is due to several factors:

  •     High class engineering with top materials thought for the long term
  •     A design for easy maintenance

Part of the success is the incredible reliability and strength of the volvo B18 engine, this video seems a good presentation of the story behind it, from B16 to the perf  B21!  

Our under-stressed motors will surely guarantee that all the Volvo P1800 will outlive their owners!


source (c) Driving 4 answers here

Monday, October 3, 2022

Pelle receives honors for his design of the P1800

Pelle petterson received with great honors a special price from Design & Craft museum Röhsska Museet in Gothenburg. A commemoration of his design of the volvo P1800 in 1957,  65 years ago. 

Several pics including Pelle and the 4 owners of the 3 original P1800 prototypes + the 1st production car. These. Congrats to Ericsson Automobile for this initiative, I have to say that back in the 2 years of preparation of the Viking Classic Autoshow while in touch with Volvo cars heritage head I touched this very point early with Claes, and he then (after 60 years) issued a formal acknowledgement in the name of Volvo cars. That design event is a most welcome additional step! Thanks again Pelle for this unique design in automotive history. 



more on source (c)Sasha Hamilton here on LinkedIN and on Ericsson Website

and about Ericsson Automobile

Friday, March 25, 2022

Why The Volvo P1800 Is A Design Masterstroke

 Why the Volvo P1800 Is a design Masterstroke, 

I recommend reading this global review of the P1800 attraction, at the same time I fully object the statement of the Author "The P1800 is a forgotten classic car that showcased early Swedish design."

Nothing could be more wrong, any authority in the P1800 history world including my friend Pelle Petterson himself. (the very P1800 designer) would confirm it. The intent of hosting the design at Frua which was a full scale coach-builder whatever commercials later ended with purchase by Ghia, was solely to give an clearly emblematic Italian signature to the car, to compete with the Ferrari and Maserati of the time. Surely it did, because the Frua workshop just hosted at the very same time the famous A6GCS 2000 Sport. The "Frua line" was synonymous with the good taste of a single man.  No wonder the design of the P1800 rivals those thanks to the supervision of Frua and the right mix and soft touches done by Pelle including some of his American attractions inherited from his Pratt institute earlier curriculum and US life.

Never again since the P1800 got any Volvo car such a mark of paternity with a given school of design like the one of the P1800  "the Italian 60's GT sportscars".



A6G54 spider by Frua

1957 Ghia Luigi Segre + Pelle Petterson + Pietro Frua and the P1800 wood frame prototype

Friday, September 3, 2021

Irv's 1800S exclusive drive by Magnus Walker and Irv's friend and mechanic

Irv Gordon put 3 MILLION miles on his Volvo P1800, setting a Guinness World Record for the most driven non-commercial vehicle. In this exclusive first drive, Magnus Walker becomes the first person outside of Volvo to drive the car since Irv's passing in 2018 and goes on a very special ride with Irv's friend and mechanic Nino Gambino. 

Hi my friend Irv ! 

I am sure your saw this, this drive is surely keeping the flame of your fame memory.

Your car is simply not only a record mileage 1800 it is the unique Irv's Gordon 1800S and we see you each time we see this car.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Cool, highly cool drive in P1800 restomod by Cyan

This is the new Volvo P1800 Cyan - a carbon bodied restomod using a 420hp touring car engine connected to a five speed manual gearbox with race car suspension and brakes! The P1800 Cyan weighs just 990kg and has no ABS or traction control for that old-school pure driving experience! Here is an in depth review and first road test drive by Mr JWW.

Cyan Racing and the Volvo P1800 Cyan, an interpretation of the iconic Volvo. 

There is only one word used to describe how you feel when you drive it : you feel cool, highly cool!

420 hp for 990kg says it all... 

Enjoy the video by Mr JWW

to buy yours or for more info go to :


Technical specifications

Aspiration: Turbocharged
Size: 2000cc
Number of cylinders: 4
Cylinder alignment: Inline
Valves per cylinder: 4
Bore x stroke: 82x93.2 mm
Compression ratio: 10.2:1
Maximum HP/kW: 420 hp/308 kW @ 7000 rpm
Maximum torque: 455 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Maximum boost: 2.7 bar
Maximum RPM: 7700 rpm
Fuel system: Direct injection
Turbo: Borg Warner EFR, ceramic ball bearings, gamma-ti turbine wheel
Exhaust: Dual tube stainless steel, twin catalytic converters

Drive wheels: RWD
Gearbox type: Manual synchromesh helical cut dog leg
Number of gears: 5
Clutch: 200 mm, organic disc
Prop shaft: Carbon fibre
Final drive: LSD with customizable ratio

Wheelbase: 2446 mm
Length: 4203 mm
Width: 1748 mm
Height: 1220 mm
Track front: 1466 mm
Track rear: 1489 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 57 litres

Suspension and body
Front: Double wishbone, adjustable camber, caster, toe and bumpsteer
Rear: Double wishbone, adjustable camber and toe
Dampers: Adjustable compression and rebound front and rear
Anti-roll bars: Tubular anti-roll bars front and rear, adjustable rear stiffness
Steering rack: Rack and pinion with adjustable ratio
High-strength steel and carbon fibre body
Roll cage made in titanium

Front: 4-piston caliper, 362x32 mm disc
Rear: 4-piston caliper, 330x25.4 mm disc

Front tyre size: Pirelli P Zero 245/40-R18
Rear tyre size: Pirelli P Zero 265/35-R18
Front rim size: 8.5”x18”
Rear rim size: 9.5”x18”
Centerlock wheels

Curb weight: 990kg
Weight distribution: F:R 47:53%

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Here we are P1800 413HP Restomod

 This is the new Volvo P1800 Cyan, a modern high-performance interpretation of the classic coupe, or a very impressive restomod if you prefer, from the same guys that won three times the World Touring Car Championship.

Cyan Racing, the official racing arm of Geely Group, is responsible for the design and engineering of this gorgeous machine which is based on the original Volvo P1800 and will enter limited production later this year. That’s right, the Volvo P1800 Cyan is not another special one-off creation.

One can note that contrary to most restomod,  here the general original design from Pelle is kept! showing how valuable it is!

beautiful toy isn't !


more here

side note: latest know significant mod of this kind is the Roos Aston Martin 2.5L mod hereunder (built from a stock car w only design change being the hood due to the motor size)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Is this a new P1800 EV electric restomod ?

This car was spotted outside of Volvo Hällered car test track in Sweden and nobody is sure what to make of it.

"I pass the Volvo test circuit outside of Gothenburg when going to work and I often see various Volvo prototypes on the roads.
But a while ago I saw something out of the ordinary and I just had to turn the car around and get some photos of it!!
They were not too happy when I got close at the gas station.... At first I wasn't sure what to make out of it, but it sure does look like a modern P1800? Restomod?

It seems it got the new white “polestar engineered” badge on the grille

It could be anything including a cover car for another brand.
Firstly, it apparently has wider fenders, in order to accommodate bigger wheels and tires. Then there is the complete absence of exhaust pipes poking out the back - it was suggested that this P1800 might be some sort of factory restomod and EV conversion.
The Swedish car registration info system says it's a 11/03/1964 Volvo 18335 VD Red owned by a person in Kullavik outside of Gothenburg  (car registration details translated)

Interesting is the fact that its previous owner was apparently Jonas Christian Dahl, who owned Polestar back in 2004 and now is the man behind Cyan Racing.
This could mean this is, in fact, a Polestar project, not something that Volvo is doing. Regardless, the P1800’s 60th anniversary is coming up next year and this project could be Volvo’s way of celebrating the iconic two-door.
The trend of automakers glorifying iconic classics by making them electric is actually more common than you might think. Aston Martin is doing it, as are Jaguar and Volkswagen, so all of the above seems quite plausible in this context.

(source Reedit poster + Andrei Nedelea InsideEV)  press1 press2 press3 press4