This Volvo P1800 Is The Hot Wheels Legends Tour 2021 Winner

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This is straight out of a kid's sketchbook.

Over the past few months, we've been reporting on the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a contest where people from all over the world vie for the opportunity to have their custom creations immortalized as a die-cast toy to be sold across the globe. As always, there have been some spectacular creations, from a wild Mercedes that could star in a Mad Max prequel to a topless Corvette. These are all spectacular, but there can only be one winner, and that honor for 2021 goes to a green 1969 Volvo P1800 dubbed "Ain't No Saint." Modified in a gasser style, this is truly Hot Wheels material.

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Volvo Gasser - Ain't No Saint/Facebook
Volvo Gasser - Ain't No Saint/Facebook
Volvo Gasser - Ain't No Saint/Facebook

Although this sort of competition typically attracts youngsters and the young at heart, the name for this car is inspired by a television series that most millennials wouldn't even be aware of, namely The Saint, which saw the show's lead, the late Sir Roger Moore, driving a white Volvo P1800. You'll understand why the builder made the connection when you realize that Mr. Lee Johnstone is 71 years of age.

Age is no impediment to this man's work ethic and passion, with him having bought the car as a rusty rolling shell before turning it into this beauty. He's the first-ever UK winner of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, but a quick look at the build list shows that he's certainly deserving of the title.

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Under the hood is a Chevrolet 454 big block supplemented with a 671 GMC supercharger and dual four-barrel carburetors. These mods haven't been fitted to the P1800 just for show either, with Johnstone and his three daughters Eleanor, Sarah, and Victoria sharing driving duties with Lee's wife, Sue.

The crowning moment came during the grand finale of the Legends Tour which was co-hosted by Jay Leno and motorsports ambassador Jarod DeAnda as part of a livestream event. They and various other high-profile automotive personalities like Mad Mike, Henrik Fisker, and Sara Choi chose the P1800 as the winner of the 2021 extravaganza. So if you have a Volvo of your own and a lot of creativity, get your build ready for 2022 and you too could have your creation miniaturized and sold worldwide.

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