Mattias Vöcks day job is building Koenigseggs. So he knows a thing or two about top end, powerful and individual cars. And he has the honour of having built what has been declared ‘Sweden’s Hottest Volvo’, a creation of Vöcks, based on a ’67 Volvo Amazon. But now he’s at it again.
Vöcks latest creation – The Vox Volvo P1800 -is based on the iconic Volvo P1800, which those of a certain age will remember was driven by Roger Moore’s Saint back in the ’60s. In its day the P1800 was something of a revelation – a sporty, appealing Volvo (come to think of it, it’s still a bit of a revelation!).
Vöcks has remained faithful to the original P1800, at least in style. A few modifications have been made, such as a rear diffuser, flat underbody and a new front wing to make the car a bit more slippery, and the interior has had a modern re-work. And of course the necessary set of tasty, oversized wheels.
But it’s the oily bits that have received all the big attention. The original P1800 had to make do with a pretty feeble 1800cc and around 100bhp. Not too sluggish by ’60s standards, but arthritic in terms of today’s power outputs. So Vöcks has dropped in a 4.4 litre Volvo V8 (straight out of the XC90) but with a nice turbo unit added to bring power output up to around 550bhp.
Vöcks creation – the Vox Volvo P1800 – in partnership with Swedish design firm Vizualtech, intends a limited production of the car, at prices yet to be announced.
You can almost see the smile on Roger Moore’s face.