1966 Volvo 1800S
Chassis No. 19071
Purchased from Pam Hopkinson in October 2007.
The car now resides in Lyth Valley in the Lake District.
My interest in classic cars is largely a product of my upbringing much like my father's. He spent a lot of time learning about mechanics from my Grandfather and developed a passion for pre-war cars. I remember spending my childhood riding around in the back of the 1934 Morris Minor and 1933 Morris 10/4 that my sister & I now own.
During my teens, an obsession with the extravagance of 50's American styling meant that I was pretty much responsible for my father ending up with not one, but two 1959 Cadillacs. After a few years and a lot of fun the giant whales moved on, as did my taste in classic cars. Ever since then however I have remained a fan of curves, chrome and fins so when I first saw an article on the more refined 1800S in a classic car magazine a few years ago I fell instantly love with the car . As I am sure it must with many people it came as something of a shock that the car was manufactured by Volvo who I had certainly never associated with such elegant lines. In many ways though it made me think there was a good chance that they would be a very reliable and practical classic and decided it was the car for me.
It wasn't really until this year that the search began in earnest to buy a car. Living in London I had the South covered whilst my father scoured the North; where it transpired that a lot of the cars for sale were based (I therfore owe him a huge debt of thanks for his time & the many hundreds of miles he travelled to see so many cars). After what seemed like endless less than inspiring encounters I had all but decided to wait until next summer to resume the search.