Volvo will be showcasing one of its most famous cars, the 1967 1800 S owned by actor Sir Roger Moore that was a supporting character in The Saint television series, at Techno-Classica Essen in Germany at the end of March.
The car is not the original car in the series, which ran from October 1962 through February 1969, but did appear in the series from the end of season 5 through to the end of the final season 6 (24 episodes in all), after Sir Roger Moore purchased the car in the fall of 1966.
The Pearl White car was built at Volvo’s plant in Torslanda, Sweden in November 1966, and was registered by Moore in January 1967. It made its small-screen debut in the May 1967 episode A Double in Diamonds.
The car features Mini-Lite wheels with the original, and rare, “truncated” spoke design, bumper-mounted Hella fog laps, and a wooden steering wheel. Aftermarket modifications include an instrument-panel thermometer, and a supplementary interior fan (to keep the actors cool during studio filming).
“The Saint with Roger Moore was my favourite TV show in the sixties and since then I always wanted a P1800,” said Volvo Cars President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson. “It is the most legendary Volvo model of all time and a great example of Scandinavian design.”
Samuelsson does have his own 1800 S — a 1967 model painted an unusual Light Green, and kept in immaculate condition to be regarded as probably the finest example of the classic car. It will be sharing the stage with Moore’s 1800 S at Techno-Classica Essen.
Other cars on display will be an extremely rare 1966 1800 Volvoville convertible (of which only 30 were built), a 2-door station wagon 1968 1800 ES prototype built by Carrozzeria Pietro Frua (the Ghia subsidiary that built the three original P1800 prototypes in 1957), and an unrestored 1973 1800 ES that has never been road-driven.
Moore sold his 1800 S to fellow actor Martin Benson, and several other owners followed before Volvo bought the car back early in the new Millennium and restored it to near original condition.
“Volvo Cars proudly purchased this car a few years ago and we are very excited to be able to show it at Techno-Classica. It is a unique car with a remarkable history,” said Per-Åke Fröberg, head of Volvo Cars Heritage.