It should be noted that while Gordon’s P1800 shows the patina that comes from covering so many miles, it is in remarkably great shape overall. The timelessness of the car’s styling is only enhanced by its travels, especially with all the commemorative badges proudly displayed on its front and rear bumpers. The details, like its unique roof line, look as good today as they did when Pelle Pettersen first put pen to paper more than five decades ago.

So while Roger Moore, who was fortunate enough to drive a P1800 in his role as debonair crime-fighter Simon Templar in the British TV drama series based on Leslie Charteris’s The Saint, was once the best known P1800 “owner,” that title now belongs to Gordon. And he intends to keep it that way as his car approaches the 3,000,000-mile mark. He won’t have it any other way.

1966 Volvo P1800

Layout
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive

Engine
1.8-liter I4, sohc, 8-valve

Transmission
Four-speed manual

Performance
Peak Power: 96 hp @ 5800 rpm
Peak Torque: 103 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

By John Sykes
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