Founded in 1927, the Swedish manufacturer is worldwide known by its ugly box shaped cars, mostly sedans with all kind of safety innovations.
The big exception to the rule was the P1800, a front-engine, rear-drive sports coupe produced between 1961 and 1972. Originally it was a 4 speed 1.8, 100hp and a top speed of 120mph (193 km/h).
During the 1960s the P1800 became one of the most iconic tv cars of all time, after it was used in the tv show “The Saint (1962-1969)” with Roger Moore. Moore was the actual owner of that car.
It could have been a Pininfarina Ferrari, it could be a Maserati, the lines of this beauty are so gorgeous and timeless, that if it went back in production right now, it would sell big, like a 1965 Mustang or a 356 Speedster.
But no. Official manufacturers are still quite reluctant when it comes to reinstate their more sought-after models. Instead, they stubbornly launch new horrible SUVs and EVs that nobody wants or asked for. The realm of old road glories is the restomod market.
In this case, the restomod P1800 comes from Cyan Racing, the remnants of what used to be Polestar. (Polestar is now one of those unwanted EV manufacturers).
Weighting only 2100 pounds (950kg) thanks to a full carbon fiber bodywork, the Cyan is powered by a turbocharged inline-four 400hp engine, a 5 speed racing transmission and no driver aids at all, to enjoy attacking corners.
Overwhelmingly gorgeous, the interior is an improved and cleaner version of the original cockpit, retaining the original disposition of analog gauges and flip switches.
The trunk is kind of a drawback for daily driving because almost all the space is taken by a 14 gallon (52l) gas tank that sits right in the middle. Otherwise, this is the coolest Volvo ever.