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Volvo 1800S – Born of a Saint?

When I were a lad, Volvos were boring. And that stigma still survives today in my opinion. During the 80s at least, all Volvos seemed to just be huge squared-off ‘safe’ cars that a boring mate’s dad drove. With 21st Century spectacles on though, the 1800S looks anything but boring.

It seems that the Volvo 1800S was actually a revamped version of the Volvo P1800, which had been dogged with quality control issues, prompting the move of production from Jensen Motors who since January 1960 had been producing the vehicle, to Volvo’s own production facilities in Gothenburg.

The Volvo 1800S shot to fame in 1962, when as a result of Jaguar turning down the opportunity to showcase an E-Type in the TV series The Saint, Volvo instead provided the 1800S, which was used throughout the entire show.

ROM Garage & Service Co. Ltd.
ROM Garage & Service Co. Ltd.

The car clearly was cool. Though I am surprised about the advertising above. A cool car should surely not be advertised solely as being safe, reliable and tough? Maybe with the backdrop other similarly styled cars, it did look like a boring old Volvo?

Below is what I think was the old ROM Garage and Service Company. Gallows Corner is now a horrendous road junction with flyover. It probably won’t come as any surprise to hear that Gallows Corner is close to the site of the Royal Liberty of Havering gallows in the 18th century.

ROM Garage & Service Co. Ltd.
ROM Garage & Service Co. Ltd.
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