One Owner Only (1972 Model)
1971 Volvo P1800E
Registration Number: XGO 397W
Chassis Number: 182-6353/37774
Engine Number: B20F-234
Transmission: Manual with Overdrive
Steering: Left Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt / 27 January 2022
Guide Price: £22000 - 25000
Road Tax Exempt
The current owner was working in Paris in 1971 and whilst on a business trip to London, he passed the London Volvo Showroom, then just off Berkeley Square. He was struck by the beauty of a 1972 model Volvo P1800E in the window and decided that it was just what he needed, as a young bachelor in Paris, not least because he had previously crashed a motorcycle in Paris and felt that a sports car would be a lot safer! He was most impressed by the coupe style and advanced features of this model of Volvo: fuel injection engine, electric overdrive, 3 point seat belt, leather seats. So a P1800 was purchased there and then and a beautiful blue model was collected in October 1971 in Gothenburg, named ‘Brigit’, and the vendor drove it back to Paris. It was a US spec model with left hand drive and various US defined safety features (such as 3 point seatbelt and air intake filters).
The motor car remained with its new custodian in Paris for three years, until he was posted to Hong Kong and then to Tokyo, so the Volvo was garaged in Sutton Coldfield until he moved to London in 1981. The motor car has remained in the UK, in London and Dorset, ever since.
The vendor has retained all the original purchase records: ‘Volvo Importer’s and Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin’, invoices, cheques, French customs and registration, tax and insurance papers, and the Paris license plate. He has also retained the following UK import records: UK licensing and tax, Customs, and other import papers. Also included in the sale are full maintenance records from new, including all the French maintenance records, full MOT and V5C records (an annual MOT test certificate has been procured despite the allowance that it is an MOT exempt historic vehicle), and full insurance records, together with the original driver manual, parts catalogue, maintenance guide book, a collection of Volvo P1800E articles from the Volvo Owner’s Club magazine and Volvo Enthusiasts Club magazine.
Auction Date: 20 May 2021