What would happen if a classic car from five decades ago were recreated today? To answer that question, Volvo Design Director Christopher Benjamin drafted these sketches to show his vision of a modern-day P1800. The Volvo P1800, sold from 1961 to 1972, was one of the Swedish automakers most respected and celebrated designs ever.
The sketches of the “modern-day” P1800 blend the classic lines and proportions of the original car with modern Volvo design cues. The cars’ grille and headlights recall those seen on the Volvo S60, for instance. Skinny taillights, a swooping tail, and massive dished wheels are clearly concept-car elements. Benjamin’s design stays true to the basic coupe design of the original P1800, but with a shorter greenhouse and more gently sloping rear window.
The Volvo P1800 is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. By all accounts, the cars are plenty reliable — one owner has racked up close to three million miles on his 1966 example. Although design director Benjamin’s sketches are meant for fun and don’t foretell a production car, they serve as a seriously cool reminder of the most beautiful Volvo ever.