It's been 50 years since Volvo introduced the P1800, and the Swedish automaker has chosen to mark the occasion by releasing a few sketches of what a modern interpretation of the sports coupe would look like. Christopher Benjamin, chief designer with Volvo, just so happens to be a big fan of the P1800 and worked up the sketches as part of a Twitter chat with fans of the brand. Needless to say, the sketches have created a serious stir among the Volvo faithful, but the company has made it clear there are no plans to bring a modernized P1800 to market.

That's a real shame, too. We can imagine such a vehicle would give the Audi A5 a serious run for its money depending on final driveline decisions.

Unfortunately, Volvo is still too busy shoring up its core products to worry about branching off into low-volume niches, at least for the moment. If you like the look of Benjamin's sketches, head over to the Volvo Facebook page to let him know.


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      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Volvo needs more sporty coupes.
      Jameskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prefer this http://www.autoblog.com/2009/05/05/koenigsegg-engineer-building-modern-day-volvo-p1800/
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jameskey
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        Pdexter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jameskey
        That's damn sweet. Gives the same vibe as the Eagle Speedster, E Type rebuild.
      kittyhawkship82
      • 3 Years Ago
      I owned a 1962 P-1800 and it had 460,000 miles on it. I retired and was not financially able to keep it in its rebuilt condition and let it go to a friend. My daughter tells me she sees it once in a while on the street. I rebuilt the engine myself from the crankshaft up. On a trip to the hispital in Wisconsin iI ran a bit over ll0mph and still had room on the gas pedal. Had several speeding tickets, for exceeding the speed limit (all false) just jealous of an old man in what they determined to be a sports car.. I know of one which also still exists and he moves it in and out of his garage twice a week.
      Sekinu2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would you want it? It has a ugly look but steals a bit from Buicl Lacerne and the Olds alero.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      This doesn't do any justice to the original Prancing Moose.
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      That has to be a student design. Not nearly a good enough render to be pro.
      Erik Tomlinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      This does not look like the P1800 even remotely. If VW can take the Beetle and make it evoke the original so well yet still be modern, Volvo can do justice to the fantastic old P1800... this just isn't it.
      lthrnck68
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd rather have the old version. More style, more class.
      CHUCK
      • 3 Years Ago
      Over 50 years ago I went to the New York Auto Show and the only car I photographed was the volvo P1800. What a beautiful design!
      Tom Hegland
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, Hope I don't rock anyone’s boat, but just look at a mid to late '90's Buick Riviera and I think you will have to agree that the similarities are quite striking. Front or rear view, they are pretty similar. I am sure a modern version would have some technological advancement, but the overall shape and look from the outside is a ringer for the Buick IMHO.
        Bill
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom Hegland
        Yeah except this Volvo has tires taller than its passenger cabin.
          Susan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bill
          Indeed, the wheels are absurd, but toned down, this design would be pretty sophisticated.
      William J
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you gave it to me I'd sue you for it. Yuk!
      Susan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Volvo can survive because poor old Saab looks like it will never revive. I think there is still a place for practical, sturdy cars of the sort that Volvo specialized in up through the early-2000s. But maybe I'm wrong, possibly the US has moved on and is more interested in frou-frou styling exercises and electronic gadgets instead of substance (sounds like modern society, doesn't it?).
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