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This is a Volvo P1800. You may remember it from The Saint, where our favourite wobbly-eyebrowed Knight of the Realm, Sir Roger Moore, drove it. Lots.
But this is no ordinary Volvo P1800. It is a Volvo P1800 with an engine from Aston Martin. Built in 1961, the cool Swede was packed off to Aston Martin’s factory and fitted with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder prototype engine, for test purposes.
But while the Aston-engined model never saw a fully-fledged production run, this little mule, featuring that bonnet bulge to signify its different powerplant underneath, survived and is currently owned and run by a Mr Beat Roos of Roos Engineering in Switzerland.
What did see a production run of course, was the 100bhp 1.8-litre and 120bhp 2.0-litre variants, and P1800 fact fans will no doubt recall the five P1800s supplied to the producers of Moore’s pre-Bond smash, The Saint. Of the five, one was chopped up to allow better interior shots, while the fifth became Sir Roger’s personal car. How’s that for a celebrity endorsement?
We’re showing you this because a) it’s quite cool, and b) it’s not the Frankfurt motor show. Regale us below with other cool match-ups with classic 60s cars you’d like to see and win a fantastic prize*.
If you want see this and ‘The Saint’s’ P1800, visit the Birmingham NEC between 11-13 November
*There is no fantastic prize