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Volvo's lovely lady's car

Volvos lovely ladys car
Remember that lovely little Summer Saab we showed you in our endless Friday Lady series recently? We found you another Scandinavian gem for now, from that other Swedish manufacturer: Volvo.

The P1900, initially simply named the ‘Sport’ is quite a rare car of the mid-1950s. Yes, that’s when Saab was trying something similar with their first Sonett. Like that car, the P1900 used a body made of fibreglass, as it was also targeted on the American market. Volvo actually teamed up with American fibreglass pioneer Glasspar to build some prototypes. They did just that and wanted to start production when a new boss was appointed: Gunnar Engellau. He reportedly took a P1900 for a drive one weekend and ‘was dissatisfied enough that on returning to his office the following week cancelled the remaining production', saying ‘I thought it would fall apart!’’

And so figures stuck at just 68 production cars made plus a handful of prototypes. We think this picture shows one of the protos. We’d never seen it before, but the number plate '046222' is one that can also be seen in early publicity shots, shown below. Is that the same lady sitting in the car also?


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