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Volvo P 1800
Volvo P 1800, metallic
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Volvo P1800, metallic
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 01-02
Manufacturer: Volvo
Type: P1800
Series: Vintage car

Herpa has issued this model of the famous Volvo P1800 coupe sports car, made famous in the television series The Saint. It was featured in Herpa's flagship magazine DER MASS:STAB - Herpa's Cars & Truck Model Magazine 3/2011 (which you can view via the link at the end of this review: Click here for additional images for this review.):

    This issue’s feature story is Ein Schwede Aus Schottland (A Swede from Scotland), the Volvo P1800S. A Swede with a body compressed in Scotland, assembled in England, featuring an Italian design which has gained world fame because of an internationally successful television series. If that doesn’t make a global player, what does?. The Volvo P1800S is a true international vehicle which is now also displayed at home as 1/87 scale miniature. For the first time, Herpa is taking a chance at a Swedish car.

    To be considered a reputable car manufacturer, you need a sports car in your portfolio. That’s what Assar Gabrielsson, general director of Volvo, thought too, who established the brand together with Gustaf Larson in 1926. Inspired by the recently launched Chevrolet Corvette with plastic body, Gabrielsson ordered a US plastics specialist to manufacture a small series convertible.

Herpa also makes the 3-door P1800ES sports estate version.

Volvo decided to make another sports car in 1957. The first one, P1900, was a disaster. Helmer Petterson, engineering consultant to Volvo, drove the program. After stalling after several false starts to find a company to build the machine, Petterson decided find financial backing and buy the components directly from Volvo, marketing the car himself. That shifted Volvo to rev up involvement. Jensen contracted Pressed Steel body plant of Linwood, Scotland, to make one-piece body, and the car was then built in England. Tthe first production P1800 debuted in September 1960.

A white Volvo P1800 (with licence plate ST1) driven by Simon Templar, played by Roger Moore, was featured in the TV series The Saint beginning in 1962 and played a prominent role throughout the entire run of the show. [1]

The Model
Your P1800 is factory assembled. It’s securely packed in a form-fitted tray held inside a clear plastic carton with end opening flaps. A red Herpa label decorates the packaging.

The model is skillfully molded and assembled with any blemishes or flaws. Doors, hoods and panels lines are defined with fine recessed lines; the grille intentions are much deeper. The door handles are slightly raised. Underneath the car is a single piece chassis with basic molded detail and a separately applied muffler. Soft tires with tread detail, are pressed upon detailed hubs to support the model.

The model features headlamps and tail lamps of clear lenses. The color brake and signal lenses look to be painted. Interior detail inside the passenger compartment includes a dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift, and seats. This detail is difficult to see through small distortion-free clear plastic windows.

The blue automobile is trimmed with chrome around the windows, door accent strips, grille, bumpers, muffler and pipes, and headlamp rims. Wipers are molded into the windshield chrome. The hubcaps aren't chromed and instead molded in silver.

Twin chromed exhaust ports peek out from underneath the rear bumper.

The model photo on Herpa's site shows side view mirrors. They are not on this model.

The model is smoothly painted in blau metallic / blue metallic. It is also available in perlweiß / pearl white. Impressive detail is printed on the car, Volvo emblems, and the P1800S logo. These are legible! These emblems are printed on the hood and rear. No decals are used.

Unfortunately, as occasionally happens, there is a flaw. My sample suffered a significant scratch on the top, marring the finish. It looks like it nicked the trim above the door, too.

On the Road
Volvo's sleek P1800 is well modeled by Herpa. It's a sharp little model. It features good molding and detail, clear lenses for head and brake lights, superior printing and finish, tire detail, and a separate muffler and tail pipes.

The only product dings are nitpicky: basic molded underchassis detail, and the brake lights are simulated with paint over each clear lens. The scratch is a major blemish although I speculate it will not be offered on production models! Also, the side mirrors shown on the vendor page are not on this model.

Herpa has modeled a fine scale P1800, which can enhance your model railroad layout or automotive diorama of the era. Recommended.

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[1]. Wikipedia. The Saint's Volvo 1800. 23 June 2012.

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Highs: Good molding and detail; clear lenses for head and brake lights; superior printing and finish; tire detail, and a separate muffler and tail pipes.
Lows: Basic molded underchassis detail, and the brake lights are simulated with paint over each clear lens. No side view mirror.
Verdict: A fine model P1800, which can enhance your model railroad layout or automotive diorama of the era.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 034906
  Suggested Retail: 10,00 €
  Related Link: Volvo P1800 Series
  PUBLISHED: Jun 24, 2012

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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