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P1800 Saint: The Final Volvo Restomod

“It’s arduous to take one thing so good and make it even higher.”

These are the phrases of Swedish automobile builder Torbjörn von Braun as he described the principle problem of his newest creation – a Volvo P1800 restomod nicknamed the Saint – forward of its unveiling at this yr’s Elmia Customized Motor Present. Because it seems although, this was a problem not solely accepted, however completely overcome.

The unique P1800 was manufactured by Volvo between 1961 and 1973, and this mission has some actual credibility due to the individuals concerned. A collaboration between von Braun Sports activities Vehicles and Zachau Design, the P1800 Saint group consists of ex-Volvo design staff from again within the automobile’s period. That features Pelle Petterson, the P1800’s authentic designer.


Like many restomods, the P1800 Saint retains the silhouette of the unique automobile, however even earlier than you delve beneath the pores and skin it’s a really totally different machine to the P1800s that left the Volvo manufacturing facility greater than 50 years in the past.

Patrons can both provide their very own P1800 base for the Saint conversion or have von Braun Sports activities Vehicles supply an appropriate candidate for them. Every automobile is stripped proper all the way down to its naked shell earlier than being acid dipped after which improved in quite a few methods. Any rusted panels are changed, the transmission tunnel is bolstered, an epoxy primer and sealer is utilized to all joints for rust safety, and a sound-absorbing rubber coating is added to the underside.


In the case of the outside, von Braun Sports activities Vehicles is providing the P1800 Saint with two physique panel choices: metal or ultra-light carbon fiber. After closing paint, additional carbon items are added to each variations.


The outside has just a few tasteful upgrades for the trendy period – together with the choice of a speed-sensitive lively rear wing/air brake – however one actually stood out to me. These 17-inch {custom} solid wheels – named the Fortunate 7 – have been designed by Hans Phillip Zachau (of Zachau Design), taking inspiration from racing machines of the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s.

Behind the wheels you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the brake improve, which options Brembo 4-piston callipers and 330mm carbon-ceramic brake discs within the entrance, and a Brembo 4-piston/320mm setup out again with an extra calliper for the park brake. Moreover, ABS is added, however this may be disabled when ‘Chase Mode’ is enabled. I just like the sound of that!


The suspension is totally bespoke, constructed round double wishbones entrance and rear. It’s additionally a visible facet of the P1800 Saint, with the pushrod rear suspension that includes totally adjustable Öhlins coilovers on present, however sealed off from the cabin with a glass display screen.


That cabin is one thing very particular too.


Every part in right here has been custom-designed and completed, however is essentially primarily based on the unique fit-out. The door panels, roof liner and entrance seats are upholstered in pink leather-based.


The unique sprint structure has been preserved, but it surely’s re-trimmed and makes use of gauges made by watchmakers. The 2-spoke steering wheel is an iconic function of the unique P1800, and the design has been retained within the Saint, albeit in a smaller dimension and with a extra trendy look.

As you’d anticipate, the whole lot is custom-tailored so trim choices are countless. A rear seat part – constructed from carbon fiber after all – was on show subsequent to the Saint demo automobile, showcasing a unique look.


Earlier, I discussed two selections for the physique panels; relating to the P1800 Saint’s engine, you’ve obtained three. The first is a nostalgic, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder Volvo engine, fed by a carburettor and outputting 150hp+. The second is a naturally-aspirated 2.4L Volvo five-cylinder with gasoline injection, good for 250hp+. The ultimate engine, as seen within the demo automobile, is a turbocharged 2.4L five-cylinder Volvo T5. This one is making round 450hp – which is loads for a automobile that weighs just below 1,100kg or 2,425lb – however 750hp is feasible.


Mounted longitudinally, the engine marries as much as both a guide transmission, or with the 2 2.4L engines, the choice of a 7-speed Getrag dual-clutch transmission and Sellholm Tuning differential to drive the rear wheels. The DCT configuration supplies a snug trip with all the ability and drivability of a GT-spec automobile, which is strictly what that is.


There’s a lot to this restomod that my fast highlight has positively not accomplished the P1800 Saint justice. If I’ve the possibility for a better look sooner or later, you’ll be able to rely on a full function.

Alen Haseta
Instagram: hazetaa

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