Classic Iron: SVRA Championship-winning 1965 Volvo P1800S

This 1965 Volvo P1800S was recently listed on EBay for $39,990 (OBO) in Texas, getting the attention of the Bring a Trailer bloggers and Volvo enthusiasts alike when it did– and you can see why! I mean, sure– the P1800 is one of the most beautiful sporty coupes of all time, but this one goes a step further with a striking, “very Shelby-esque blue/white over Torq-Thrust Ds and white-letter Hoosiers” theme that practically forced me to find out more about it. And, thankfully, there was a lot to find!

It seems like the car, itself, was built by a shop called Vintage Performance Developments— a New York-based company that specializes in making old Volvo int old, fast Volvos. This particular P1800S seems to have quite a history, having raced in the US and the UK in various vintage classes with some success. In addition to winning 2016’s SVRA National Championship, it’s claimed to have won the SVRA Vintage and Historic races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014.

The best part? If you missed out on the original auction, V-Performance seems to be more than willing to build you another one for right about the same money. In their own words:


This car is a good example of the vintage racecars that we have built and can build for you – now for sale after 10 years years of successful racing with numerous podium finishes. Its setup and equipment are typical of our vintage racecars. Nick Julian did a beautiful job on the body as shown in the photo below. The engine is our 2 liter vintage race engine with dual Weber 45 DCOE carbs, forged pistons, BHP cam, Crower rods, baffled oil pan, ported race head, 13 to 1 compression ratio, dynoed at over 200 HP. The suspension includes Carrera adjustable shocks, race springs and adjustable front sway bar. The car has 4 wheel discs brakes, Tilton brake cylinders with adjustable bias, aluminum flywheel, Tilton 7-1/4 inch clutch, t 9 transmission with Quaife close ratio gear set, fire system, a full set of gauges including exhaust gas temp gauges reading each cylinder, etc. … how much would it cost to build one like it ? – $30,000 – $40,000 depending on parts details – not including the cost of a good condition, no rust street car as the basis of the build.


Tha tall sounds like a pretty good deal to me– especially if the end result is as clean and straight as the number 68 car shown here. I’m a sucker for a slick race car, though– what about you guys? Scroll down ot the comments section and let me know if you can you think of a better way to spend $40,000, or if this classic Volvo P1800S is the right way to go. In white with blue stripes, though– obviously. (Obviously!)


Source | Images: Bring a Trailer, Vintage Performance Development.

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