The Volvo 1800ES is a sports car from Volvo Cars. It's the successor of the P1800E.
The last model came in 1972, the 1800ES, a coupé station wagon with an all-glass tailgate, sometimes described as a shooting-brake.
The final design was chosen after two prototypes had been built by Sergio Coggiola and Pietro Frua. Frua's very unusual looking proto-type, Raketen, currently resides in the Volvo Museum. Both Italian prototypes were considered too futuristic, and instead in-house designer Jan Wilsgaard's proposal was accepted. The ES engine was downgraded to 125 bhp by reducing the compression ratio with a thicker head gasket; although maximum power was slightly reduced, the engine was less "peaky" and the car's on-the-road performance was actually improved.
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The ES's rear backrest was folded down to create a long flat loading area. As an alternative to the usual four-speed plus overdrive manual transmission, the 1800ES had a Borg-Warner three-speed automatic transmission. With stricter US safety and emissions standards looming for 1974, Volvo wasn't able to spend the considerable amount that would be necessary to re-design the 1800 ES. Only 8077 cars of the ES were built in its two model years.
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