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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Volvo's first sports car

Long before Volvo is known as a brand with advanced security features, the Swedish manufacturer has sports car called the Volvo Sport P1900. It launched on June 2, 1954, this 2-passenger roadster is the company's first sports car.
1954 Volvo Sport P1900. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1o21ZOI)
The idea was from Assar Gabrielsson, the Volvo founders when visiting the United States in the 1950s. The aim is to study the market before launching the product in there. He studied, there is a strong interest of the U.S. citizen with the compact sized European sports car. With this in mind, Volvo must have one.
Left side view of 1954 Volvo Sport P1900. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1o21ZOI)
Assisted by fiberglass body specialist companies from California, Glasspar, which makes the prototype version, the Volvo Sport project to start in 1954. Showing the short and stout body with a large grille. Wheelbase 2,000 mm. Equipped with a 1.4-liter 70 PS engine with 2 carburetors and combining with with a 3-speed transmission system. Top speed of this car was recorded on 155 kph.
Rear-right three quarter of 1954 Volvo Sport P1900. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1o21ZOI)
At launch, Volvo says it will create 300 units, all for export. In 1956, the first units delivered to customers in various countries, namely South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, and the United States. Volvo Sport also eventually be marketed in Sweden after reviewing the foreign policy of exclusive marketing.

In the early years of production, there are only 44 units. Then a year later 23 units out of the production line in 1957. Volvo Sport's career was finished in the year when the director of the new company, Gunnar Engellau, decided that the car production should be stop because under standard and not making a profit. Up to now, there are 50 units that still exist. But the Volvo sports car does not end there. After discontinue the Volvo Sport, the company made their next sports car legend, the P1800. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORAUTHORITY]
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