• May 5, 2009
Vox Volvo P1800 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Mattias Vöcks is at it again. Back in 2006, the Swedish-born designer who normally spends his days hand-assembling supercars for Koenigsegg used the SEMA to debut his show-stopping custom 1967 Volvo Amazon that was once voted "Sweden's Hottest Volvo." That title may soon go out to another of Vöcks' stunning creations, this time based on the classic Volvo P1800 made famous in part as the car driven by Roger Moore in the British television series The Saint from the 1960s.

With help from Bo Zolland from Swedish design firm Vizualtech, Vöcks has added a few modifications to bring the shapely Swedish beauty to modern standards. Aerodynamics are improved by a rear diffuser, flat underbody tray and a front fascia that's been smoothed out and lengthened by 70mm. Powering the beast is a 4.4-liter V8 borrowed from a Volvo XC90 SUV that's been force-fed by a turbocharger and routes its 600 horses through a six-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels.

According to a report by Auto Express, this custom Swede is slated to enter small-scale production at some unspecified date in the future. We can hardly wait.



[Source: Motor Authority, Auto Express]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Add more fin and subtract stupidly huge wheels and it would be perfect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jeff:

        I agree - the P1800/1800E had more pronounced fins, and they added tons of character.

        I loved driving mine around Portland, Oregon. That's a Volvo town, and I'd always get a wave from other Volvo drivers. Oh, and there's a rather legendary 1800E out there with the license plate "PEANUT" (looks good in British racing green) - total ipd'd with brakes, suspension, cams, etc. Man... I need a Way Back Machine.

        In fact, the vertical round headlights, gaping mouth, fins, curvaceous roofline, side crease, and overall squashed egg look (from the front) all added up to a beautiful car.

        This concept does away with a few of those things (smaller fins, tilted-back headlights) and adds that horrible hood scoop... oh well, it *is* just a CGI concept. Therefore it loses its tasty flavor, in my most humblest of opinions.

        I'll say it again: this is one car that should have a high-strung 4-banger, or perhaps an inline-6, as opposed to an overpowered V8. It's a GT for cruising, not stoplight drags.
        • 5 Years Ago
        your avatar is awesome, Descendents is one of my favorite bands of all time
      • 5 Years Ago
      This P Eighteen Hundred
      A Koenigsegg's Kindred
      Is everything we love about cars
      No, not precision tuning sway bars
      But a car that makes you proud
      To gloat to others aloud
      With the looks of a classic
      A engine that is just sick
      • 5 Years Ago
      very nice... too bad about the new federal roll over safety requirement...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No worries, it uses super strength adamantium a and c pillars, it also has special aluminate glass to further strengthen the greenhouse.





        ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      ".....Dude, I think I just filled the cup!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      The CGI makes it look like it was made by Chip Foose.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is an amazing design!!!

      Some rich guy needs to create a real life version of this!
      Chef Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      opinion's like butt holes and snow flakes,.. everyone has one and they are all different. here is mine, the car looks great! However........ I am at odds with the head lights slanting upwards. I am thinking the same degree of slant in the Downward position would have been just Sinister. Then the lines leading to the rear tail lights on the rear quarters (side view) would have been integrated into the tail light its self by custom fabrication of reflective clear lens with all red LED and amber running lights. wheels here show well but seems to suggest something else is still needed. I wonder what is sounds and feels like from the Cabin and how it performs. the work is extremely attractive. AMK
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dammit... I drove a '72 that had 346,000 miles on it, and it was that same crystal blue. Great car.

      Gawd I want a refurbished '72, and this new-fangled one... but I would actually prefer a 4-cylinder instead of a V8. I know, in today's horsepower-crazy world that sounds dumb, but the 1800 wasn't a *sports* car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. V8s are fine and all, but keep the soul of the car.

        I'd also like to see real tires rather than those rubber bands, but that and the roof will probably make it into production looking a little different.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thought DB5 at first glance? To be honest I've never even heard of the Volvo but this is awesome
      • 5 Years Ago
      A-pillar is way too thin. No way it will provide enough rollover strength.
      • 5 Years Ago
      goddam that car is bad ass!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      There have been two "retro" cars that I've been praying to see in production with every shred of my soul. First would be an E30 M3 retro edition and the second is the P1800. Then Chris Bangle quits and now this.... there might be a God...
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