1971 Volvo 1800 E
The P1800 was a radical departure for Volvo. The conservative manufacturer of solid, well-engineered saloons took a stab at the coupe market - and did it very well indeed. It was the product of a project that actually started in 1957 when Volvo wanted a slice of the emerging US sportscar market.
And while Volvo's first attempt, the P1900, only sold 68 units, the P1800 got the best possible start in life with a regular slot on TV when Roger Moore drove one in The Saint - something which still fuels demand today.
Launched in 1960, it made very clever use of the P130 'Amazon' underpinnings. It looked great, but performance failed to live up to the glamour - and that meant in order to keep buyers happy, Volvo continually uprated its engine (in parallel with Amazon) mechanicals. Post-1963, the P1800S saw power increased to 115bhp, which went up again to 130bhp for the P1800E.