When I was a little kid I liked watching reruns of The Saint, which starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar. Like most cool 60's and 70's cult TV heroes he drove a dam cool car, the Volvo P1800. Now Swedish designer Mattias Vöcks, who works hand assembling supercars for Koenigsegg by day, has decided to update the classic Volvo.
With help from Bo Zolland from Swedish design firm Vizualtech, Vöcks has added a few modifications to bring the shapely Swedish beauty to modern standards. Aerodynamics are improved by a rear diffuser, flat underbody tray and a front fascia that's been smoothed out and lengthened by 70mm. Powering the beast is a 4.4-liter V8 borrowed from a Volvo XC90 SUV that's been force-fed by a turbocharger and routes its 600 horses through a six-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels.
Currently existing only in the form of rather swish looking renders, Vöcks is intending to put the car into small scale production. While I'm not a massive car person and don't think its a great idea to drive round in 4 litre plus cars everyday, for obvious reasons. I would love to be able to afford one of these as an occasional toy for summer motoring (though I am unlikely to ever find myself in that kind of tax bracket).
It would certainly complement my other 60's / 70's Bond villain / suave spy dream possession The Razor Residence by Wallace E. Cunningham