Bought as a Rolling Shell on eBay, This Volvo P1800 Is Now a 10-Second Gasser

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  1. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    From across the pond, we present you a very cool Volvo P1800 Gasser. Think we're overselling it? Well, we would argue that the fine folks over at Hot Wheels have our back on this since they chose it as a UK finalist for being made into a Hot Wheels die-cast car! The Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a competition that seeks out the best in classic, modified, and race cars from around the globe, will choose an overall winning vehicle to be made into a 1:64-scale die-cast for their Hot Wheels' 2022 series.

    Nicknamed "Ain't No Saint," by Somerset, England-based Lee Johnstone, the Volvo P1800 was unanimously selected as the UK finalist as part of a live-streamed event on October 14, 2021. The UK judges, which included Car Throttle's Alex Kersten, revered designer Ian Callum CBE, photographer Amy Shore, and YouTuber Sam Fane, decided that the Volvo P1800 fit Hot Wheels' exacting standards of performance, authenticity, and "garage spirit."

    "As a team, we were ecstatic to hear our car was chosen. We never thought it would be chosen against some of the other entries," said Lee Johnstone, owner of the P1800 Volvo. "Everyone always says it looks just like a Hot Wheels, and maybe it will now become one!"

    We at HOT ROD feel this ride perfectly fits in with the hot rodding spirit of innovation we love. We asked Lee's daughter, Sarah, about the build and why her dad chose a Volvo: "My dad bought the Volvo P1800 as a rolling shell from eBay in 2013. He was looking for something American like a Corvette shell, but that was too pricey for his budget. He saw the Volvo and thought it could work. Him and his mate, Steve Wright, built the car, which took about 18 months. They raced it for a few years at 'run what you brung' events at Santa Pod Raceway near Northampton, England, and then Lee got the family involved and now he drives it along with his three daughters."

    Owned and built by Lee Johnstone, the Volvo P1800 is raced by him and his three daughters—Ellie, Tori, and Sarah—with supportive wife Sue also part of the team, which competes under the name of JD Racing (Johnstone & Daughters). Originally purchased as a stripped shell that was too far gone to restore as a road car, the Gasser has a 600-hp big-block supercharged 454 Chevrolet V-8 engine, which has powered it to run a quarter mile drag race in 10.01 seconds and reach a top speed of 133 mph. Are 9s in its future?

    Source: motortrend

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