Future Vision: Volvo P1800 Concept
A modern interpretation of one of the automaker's most iconic models, the Volvo P1800 Concept is the creation of Chris Benjamin, Design Director at Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center (VMCC). This neo-classic recasting of the two-seat/rear-drive coupe (and later 1800ES hatchback wagon) that was produced from 1961-1973 deftly interweaves the basic sporting character of the original with cues from the firm's latest styling language introduced on the striking Volvo Concept You sedan that made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
Presented yesterday during a SwedeSpeak chat session on Twitter, Benjamin's sketches reportedly were done strictly for his own pleasure -- and as a way to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of this iconic Volvo, whose spirit lives on to a certain limited extent in the automaker's current C30 model. While admittedly far removed from any real-world showroom, those who still have a warm spot in their hearts for Volvo's seminal sports car can't help but wish that some version of this 21st century incarnation might one day see production.