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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 18th – 20th, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
The Volvo P1900 (also known as Volvo Sport) is a Swedish fiberglass-bodied 2-seat roadster, of which 68 were built between 1956 and 1957. This example is car number 42 of those 68 built. Less than 50 cars are known to exist. Assar Gabrielsson, Volvo’s President and Founder, got the idea for the P1900 when he saw a Corvette in the U.S. and wanted to make something similar. He asked Bill Tritt of Glasspar, an American boat builder in Santa Ana, California, to design a fiberglass/reinforced polyester body, which was later produced in Sweden. The car was built on a tubular steel chassis and used the Volvo PV444 1.4 liter engine producing 70 hp with twin SU carburetors driven through a three-speed manual gearbox. The car was capable of an honest 106 mph. The P1900 went on to serve as the prototype for the Volvo P1800.
This example was discovered in the Netherlands where it was owned by a Volvo enthusiast that acquired it from a Swiss museum. The car is in excellent condition as shown in the museum. The color is Sky Blue with an original red interior. The black convertible top with red piping is in virtually new condition. The original engine and transmission are fitted to the car. The car is an excellent show car and reliable driver. This extremely rare Volvo would make an excellent addition to any car collection.