– “Snow White’s Coffin” Volvo P1800 ES from last year of production, 1973
– originally delivered to the US
– lovingly and elaborately refurbished by its last owner
– car from an estate, had been with its late owner since 2005
– garaged and kept in good shape inside and out, invoice record available
– extravagant styling and classic red / black colour combination
– adequately powered by 92 kW (125 hp) 4-cylinder engine with 2 litres of capacity
– 4-speed manual gearbox with overdrive
– Blaupunkt Mannheim cassette radio and Hella auxiliary headlights
– German registration documents and historic plates
– classic shooting brake with iconic Swedish design
The Volvo P1800 had its world premiere in 1960 at the Geneva Motor Show as a sports coupé, which became world famous by the TV series “The Saint” with Roger Moore. The actor loved the car and drove one privately for many years. After a full ten years in production, Volvo added a two-door “shooting brake” variant to the lineup, the Volvo P1800 ES (“estate sportswagon”). It featured long rear side windows and a frameless, all-glass tailgate, which is why it became known by its nickname, “Snow White’s Coffin”.
The car became a coveted exotic – particularly in the USA. The high price may have played a major role. In Germany, the same money would buy a prestigious Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5, a respectable Audi 100 Coupé S would be a whopping 10,000 DM cheaper!
For 1974, the US authorities introduced new safety regulations which would have required an extensive and costly redesign, which Volvo didn’t grant the P1800. Production ended in 1973 with only 8,077 copies of this extravagant car made.
Design made in Sweden – here it has found its perfect form and makes the heart of every design lover beat faster!