"The Saintís" Volvo P1800 - 258

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THE "SAINT'S" CAR

VOLVO P.1800


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You can't look at the Volvo 1800 Sports without saying 'The Saint'. Corgi put the non-Saint version of the car into production in 1962, 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. The variations which affect value are based on the bonnet sticker. The cars made from 1965 to 1968 had a black stick man on a clear decal (transfer), from 1968 to 1970 the decal was changed to a paper label with a white stick man on a red or blue label. After 1970 the model number changed to 201 when Whizzwheels were added. All 258s are valued highly, the cars with the paper stickers, especially the blue paper stickers are very valuable indeed.

 

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HEADLAMP REFLECTORS

SPRING SUSPENSION

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STEERING WHEEL

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

It always looks to me as if Roger is trying his best to stay in his seat and failing.


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