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I found a file with pics from the PSVSA, which is the Puget Sound chapter of Volvo Sports America. They seem to have enthusiastic members and some sweet old cars.

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^^^ Hey, that's the Ballard Bridge!


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Tailgates, wood slat floors, and double rear doors, oh my!

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Test drive of Volvo 1800 S Cabriolet

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When the short-term production of the open Volvo P1900, the car was built in only 67 copies, was closed down in 1957, Volvo really reloaded and invested in a folk sports car based on Amazon technology instead. More modern in everything was the P1800 model when it was launched in 1961, and even better in most respects. Except to be like the convertible. American customers in particular wanted the Volvo line to fall short and give them a roadster worth the name, but it was not until Volvo dealer Stanley Lazarus outside New York went to work in 1964 that the first 1800 Convertible was produced. Through its close network of body converters, convertible top makers and painters, Lazarus and his company Volvoville were responsible for some 30 rebuilt open 1800s. The very first were weak in construction. The first test drive reports say that the doors opened when you drove over road junctions. Subsequently, substantial L-reinforcements of the base plate were introduced. Volvo's 1800 Convertible is today a much sought after collector's item among enthusiasts around the world.

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Similar conversions were carried out by a few Dutch and Belgian Volvo dealers in the 1960s, but even hand-built copies much later show that the idea of ​​an open 1800 was perhaps the missing link in an otherwise successful industrial venture? We pick out a car that was converted as late as the mid-1990s, by the then owner Stefan Lindfors. He also rebuilt the Volvo PV for the convertible according to the old pattern. Lindfors' cars have been sold to collectors in Europe, including the Belgian Guy Vermant, known in the Volvo context, who runs new car sales of Volvo in the third generation on a daily basis. - Guy hears from me once a year and wonders if my car is for sale, but I do not sell, says Krister Cervin in Gothenburg who owns this nice 1800 S convertible of 1969 model. It is noteworthy that Lindfors was extremely careful in its rebuilding philosophy. For example, the convertible top is mileage nicer and better packaged than with the Volvoville cars, which most resemble tensioned ABC cotton tents with the fabric roof up. The thing that most distinguishes "our" car is the hardtop solution. The coupe roof has been kept intact. With the hardtop in place, the car looks like any green, the color code "dark green 94" was 1967-71, 1800 S any. Examination shows that the joint towards the outer edges of the windscreen slips a bit, but towards the tailgate it is the suction fit that applies.



1 of 2: Nicely cut. The rooflessness really suits the P1800 body, but Volvo actively opted out of an open alternative right into modern times. In the USA, there were dealers in the 1960s who offered a conversion, but our test drive car was rebuilt in Sweden in the late 1990s. Photo: Glenn Lindberg / Classic Cars

2 of 2: Folding the roof is not an easy match on this unique Volvoroadster. The procedure is cumbersome, requires practice. Both raised and nerve-weighted, the convertible top is solid and factory-made, Christoffer "Chrille" Persson helps Hedberg on the run. Photo: Glenn Lindberg / Classic Cars
The construction is similar to the Mercedes SL Pagoda, the roof buckles clamp to the roof forwards and downwards, at top speed the hardtop stabilizes some flex in the body. It takes two people to release the nice but heavy roof cover, which we place on a blanket that is laid out on the floor. The shapes of the 1800 body appear to be made for the roadster look. The nail-straight press folds of the rear fenders form the end for the part behind the opened cockpit. In the rear-view mirrors, it is easy to start staring at the chrome rulers even during speed. The details are many and all handsome. Few Swedish carriages have been given as much care in shape as the P1800. Legendary designer Pelle Pettersson, then in his early student days, succeeded in his first and only attempt to create a sports car.

More open Volvo cars

The very first Volvo was actually a convertible. ÖV4 - Open Carriage 4 cylinders - came 1927.
Nordberg's body factory converted several Volvo models into open convertibles, one of the better known is the PV61.
Volvo P1900 was based on PV 444, built in 67 copies alone. Plastic body, just like the Corvette.
Front-wheel drive Volvo 480 was hand-built as a convertible and with a targa roof. "480 Fastback" is on display at Volvo's museum.
The first generation C70 (production 1996–2005) was built as a convertible and coupe, the current C70 (2006–) has a sheet metal roof solution.


Car and traffic

The story of the Volvo P1800

The sitting position is low, the chin lands just above the waist edge when you have sunk into the superergonomic seats for their time with the rectangular head restraints that in shape and size are similar to the leg rests of a contemporary hockey goalkeeper. We look out of Gothenburg, first touch Lundbyverken where the first 1800 S cars were built in 1963 and which now houses Volvo Trucks' development center, jutting north towards Kungälv. Directly after Bohus fortress, we keep to the right and look for ourselves via clapping cobblestone streets along the western shore of the Göta River. The old country road up to Ljungskile and Uddevalla is popular with bike and hobby car riders, but this day we only get to ride a Porsche 911 Carrera 2 from 1990 and asphalt pavers. We thank you for the authorities keeping up with the road maintenance even on our favorite stretches! The short gear lever steers straight down among the teeth in the four-speed manual gearbox. The resistance is there, the feeling is raw and mechanical, at the same time direct and communicative. With the straw-thin metal pin on the right side, the electric overdrive gear goes in. The intervention is soft, on curvy and hilly country roads you like to commute between the four and the gearbox with a slight jerk on the right pin.



1 of 5: The sitting position is as low as in a sports car, we recognize the mood from the old-fashioned Amazon with a humming engine sound and hammock-smooth gait. Where the 140 steering wheel comes from is a mystery to the owner. Photo: Glenn Lindberg / Classic Cars

2 of 5 Photo: Glenn Lindberg / Classic Cars

3 of 5: Short and concise. The gear lever goes straight down into the teeth. Electric transmission is tilted at the top of the steering wheel. Photo: Glenn Lindberg / Classic Cars

4 of 5 Photo: Glenn Lindberg / Classic Cars

5 out of 5: Despite solid stiffening beams in the chassis, the body flexes considerably on uneven gravel roads. With the hardtop fitted, the car is significantly stabilized, no wonder since the detachable roof is the original superstructure. Photo: Glenn Lindberg / Classic Cars
The Volvo 1800 S is not a rocket, more of an efficient mini-GT. The company never really invested in rally or racing in its time - a must to be described and liked as a sporty figure. Declared in saints' own flyers is not enough. One of the reasons why it is still possible to get decent copies at reasonable prices. But then we are talking ordinary P1800, S and E models. Hardly unique convertibles like this unique one. Stops, test lifts the complicated convertible top rack a few times. If you do not do the procedure correctly, you get stuck and have to redo. The convertible top is well hidden under three covers after the rear seat backrest has been folded down and the front seats have been pushed forward. The end result is a side profile that mimics the roofline of the sheet metal roof. The canvas fabric is tightened, tightens the beige fabric in a strikingly proud and healthy way. Significantly sharper than the Volvoville 1800 Convertible. We glimpse the tall and light-pale industrial facility far down in Uddevalla harbor. With the significant font, it says "Pininfarina" up in the corner of the tallest house. The surname that we are otherwise used to associating with Italian car design is also responsible for the production of Volvo's only current convertible model, the C70. However, we avoid rolling into the factory area to take a cliché-filled picture to the archives. With the Uddevalla Bridge in the back and the sweeping front part pointing south again, an imaginary greeting from the modern Swedish-Italian beauty from Bohuslän still feels just right. Open is still best.

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Really interesting!

Yeah, it's very difficult to take a unibody chassis and cut the top off and not have a floppy mess. That's why you see so many open supercars (see new Corvette chassis) with big tall transmission tunnels and big sills with high cut doors. And that's why the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing had gullwing doors - the tube chassis structure needed very deep sills for the tubes to pass down the sides of the car, making normal doors unworkable, so they made doors that went UP! One of the signs of a failing MGB roadster is the door tops pinching the jambs.
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I'll add that my old Fiat 124 Spider had the best folding top of any I've seen. Unsnap it, one-hand, and plop it's folded. Pulling it up was a one-handed deal from the drivers seat as well. That was a Pininfarina design, and they built the bodies for Fiat. It even had glass quarter windows for visibility.
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Rubber seals on sale at Classic Volvo Restoration.....

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P1800 in Thailand, my actual photo :D. 2002.

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^^^ wow! I bet that stuck out in traffic.


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Still pretty
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