A 1962 Volvo P1800 was the car of choice for Simon Templar, the character played by Roger Moore in The Saint, the hit U.K. ’60s television series that turns adults of a certain, ahem, age misty-eyed. But Simon Templar’s P1800 was positively saintly compared with this new reinterpretation from Cyan, the race team responsible for some of Volvo’s past campaigns in motor racing.
Cyan Racing, based in Sweden, has taken the P1800, arguably the most iconic Volvo of all time, and treated it to a thoroughly modern makeover, one that is very much on-trend with today’s demand for reinterpretation, continuation and rat-rod cars ...
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no stability control, no ABS. beautiful to look at and dangerous to drive. those two additions would not have been noticed outside the car and would have added only a small amount of weight. throw-back is one thing - safety is another.
I agree with the previous contributor. A shame to ruin a timeless and faultless design just to be "different". There are plenty of well-built cars out there with excessive horsepower, available for well under 100K, so I guess it would just take a very wealthy Swede to be willing to fork over half a mil for a non-P1800 oddity
I guess I'll be the first one to say, "I like it." I think it's beautiful and I like that they left it simple on the tech. The fact that you have to have the skill sets to manage it means it's only built for people who are into that kind of thing. Good for them for going against the mold.
Ah, the P-1800... I love the original. If they could come up with a reasonably priced regular production automobile in the US $50k-ish range, I'd be all over that.
As the owner of a clean, original, totally stock 1965 model, I've always thought the P1800 to be one of the most beautifully designed cars of all times. A sports car, however, it is not. It's a touring car, and a delight to drive, nevertheless. I've often wondered why Volvo never resurrected the car, given it's enduring good looks and history. I'm delighted to see someone take this car to the next level.
The article didn't mention it but the "fins" are gone. I've seen other P-1800s modified like this and I do like the look. As someone else said, over $500k buys a lot of car so someone would have to want this real bad.
400HP? Let's hope its much wider than the earlier model. And at the price? don't think folks in that market go for these vehicles. I very much like what they've done (style wise).
I think this car is beautiful looking and I'm sure it is fun to drive going back to retro to 1960's. I owned a 1966 Volvo two door sedan 4 cyl. It was fun to drive and looked good. I paid $1200 back then used. But the P-1800 price tag of $500,000.00? Let's be realistic like GM did with the Corvette mid-engine. Now that reasonable at around $75,000.00.