06 May 2009

Return of the Saint

Swedish designer dreams up a modern P1800. Roger Moore will be pleased

Mattias Vocks Volvo P1800

‘Tis the season for retro redesigns. Last week we showed you Arturo Alonso’s stunning Merc SL, and today it’s the turn of Mattias Vocks to dream up a gorgeous reworking of the Volvo P1800.

Vocks is a Koenigsegg engineer by day, but in his spare hours creates modified, retro-modern Volvos. This time he’s turned his attentions to the P1800 – the car driven by Roger Moore in The Saint, if you’re thinking it looks slightly familiar – with the help of Swedish design firm Vizualtech.

OK, it’s only a rendering at this stage, but it’s a good looking rendering, isn’t it? We like those skinny pillars and chromed front end, though we might change the wheels for something a little more classic.

Vocks is keen to put the P1800 into limited production, though, armed with a 4.4-litre V8 nicked from a Volvo XC90 and a big turbocharger to put out around 600bhp through the rear wheels.

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