• Volvo P1800

    Volvo P1800 -

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Key facts

1960 Volvo P1800 information summary

What body style?
fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
4400 mm
How heavy?
1070 kg
What size engine?
1.8 litre, 1782 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
97 PS / 96 bhp / 72 kW @ 5800 rpm
How much torque?
140 Nm / 103 / 14.3 kgm @ 3800 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 11.9 s
How fast?
172 km/h, 107 mph


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1960 Volvo P1800 technical specifications


The Volvo P1800 is a coupé with 3 doors and a front mounted engine which transmits its power through the rear wheels.
It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 1.8 litre capacity. This powerplant features overhead valve valve gear, 4 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It develops 96 bhp (97 PS/72 kW) of power at 5800 rpm, and maximum torque of 140 N·m (103 lb·ft/14.3 kgm) at 3800 rpm.
With a stated weight at the kerb of 1070 kg, the Volvo P1800 can dispense with the 0-60 mph sprint in 11.9 seconds and the quarter mile from rest in 18.6 seconds.
Maximum speed claimed is 172 km/h, which is 107 mph.
1960 Volvo P1800 data
1960 Volvo P1800 data
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors3
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2451 96.5
Track/tread (front)
Track/tread (rear)
Length 4400 173.2
Width 1676 66
Height 1280 50.4
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.8
Kerb weight 1070 kg 2359 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Volvo
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.8 litre
1782 cc
(108.744 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 84.2 × 80 mm
3.31 × 3.15 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.05
overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output 97 PS (96 bhp) (72 kW)
at 5800 rpm
Specific output 53.9 bhp/litre
0.88 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 140 Nm (103 ft·lb) (14.3 kgm)
at 3800 rpm
Specific torque 78.56 Nm/litre
0.95 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio
Fuel system
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 987.3 kPa (143.2 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 445.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 11.9 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile 18.6 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 172 km/h (107 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 90.97 PS/g
66.9 kW/g
89.72 bhp/ton
0.04 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 14.95 kg/kW
24.97 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Top gear ratio
Final drive ratio
general ID14729
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 17.6
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1960 Volvo P1800 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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