The Volvo P1800 has never looked better.
The Volvo P1800 is an oft-overlooked classic sports car that certainly ranks up there with some of the best-looking machines ever made. Recently, we've seen a modernized version created, and it looks like a lot of fun to drive. But something that nobody has considered is fitting this Swedish classic with the roof from a Porsche 911 Targa.
Well, nobody except Zolland Design, and the results both look spectacular and will cause a fair amount of controversy. Why? Because Zolland wants to power this thing with an LSX engine from Chevrolet, which means a minimum of 473 horsepower. Stunning looks and savage power sound like quite the combo, but will it ever be made for real?
According to Bo Zolland, the designer behind this crazy custom restomod, his ideal P1800 came about as a concept after he found a P1800 with the roof caved in. Zolland's solution is to use an '80s 911 Targa's roof to replace the damaged one. While that big job is being completed, an LSX engine is to be shoehorned into the engine bay. To make sure that the rest of the car can cope with the increased power, a modern six-speed manual transmission will be fitted along with the brakes of a Volvo XC90. Coilover suspension with tubular A-arms and "other handling upgrades," according to the company, will also be included.
At present, the car is stripped and has been reduced to the chassis, indicating that a comprehensive restoration/rebuild will be undertaken. This isn't the first time that we've seen a crazy concept from Zolland. The designer released his renders of a Porsche 356 with a gorgeous carbon-fiber body and a modern 911 chassis.
That too is expected to become a reality, but as with this Volvo, we have no ETA on when the project will be completed, what the cost will be, or what these cars' intended purposes are. However, knowing how expensive custom builds like this can be, we expect that both will probably be art pieces in someone's garage.