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Volvo P 1800 - 228

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You can't look at it without saying 'The Saint'. Corgi put this car into production in 1962, just a year after Volvo so it was still very new and very hot when launched by Corgi. The Saint also started driving this car on TV in 1962, but it was not until 1965 that Corgi painted it white, put Roger Moore in the driving seat and stuck a decal on the bonnet to make it the Saint's car.

One or two more anoraky facts, it was only 'P1800' in 1961/62 in 1963 it became the 1800S when production switched to Sweden, the early ones were made in England by Jensen. Also - this model is of a pre-production prototype, the big V on the radiator grille never made it into production.

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When I saw one with the V at the 2006 Classic Car show I was about to be Mr Smart Arse and ask some pointed questions about it, when I read the blurb which said the car had been made to look like a pre-production prototype and had the V added for that reason.

The Volvo P1800 was released in July 1962 and was deleted in 1965 when the Saint version was released. You will find it in shades of pink, red and tan. It is not a very hard to find model and values are reasonable. The red and tan cars getting a premium over pink.


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