In the late 1950’s Helmer Petterson, the mind behind the successful Volvo PV444, led the engineering team toward constructing the company’s first sportscar. An inherently practical Frua design, the P1800 was made famous on the television series “The Saint”, starring Roger Moore.
Originally built by Jensen with a carburetor 1.8L engine and bodies by Pressed Steel in Scotland, the 1800 (P1800, later 1800S) saw production shift to Sweden due to quality issues. In 1969 the four-cylinder engine was increased to two liters, and by 1970, a new D-Jetronic injection system was adopted across the model range until the final year of the 1800, 1973, when only an elongated shooting brake version (1800ES) was offered.
This 1970 1800E has been meticulously restored on a cost-no-object basis, and further customized by the consignor to make it into a dependable daily. Modifications include 1-2-3 electronic ignition, IPD swaybars, Biltein shock upgrades, Bluetooth radio, and ice-cold air underdash conditioning. The body was taken to bare metal, with all rust being cut and replaced with fresh steel; the interior has been retrimmed with correct upholstery, most chrome has been replaced or replated, and the engine head has been rebuilt for many miles of loyal service. Over $55,000 USD have been spent in the refurbishment of this car, including genuine ‘cow horn’ bumpers that give the car a retro look. This car poses an unmissable opportunity to own a robust classic that has been babied by the consignor and the Head of Tomini Classics for many years prior to sale.