Beautiful women, ugly crooks, fast cars and dangerous adventures. The elderly, feeling young, still know Simon Templar (aka The Saint) (Roger Moore) as a charming adventurer and charmer, who drove a Volvo 1800S. This popular TV series certainly contributed to the success of that model. This Swedish sports car, a Volvo P 1800, also received star status.
By: Dirk de Jong
Pieter Postma's Volvo P 1800 also has a life full of adventure behind it. It started in 1964, when the car was purchased in England by the first owner. So the car is right hand drive. It was not until 1989 that he came to the Netherlands and became the property of a psychotherapist Simon Slooten in North East Friesland. The car was technically maintained by Pieter Postma's garage. After a few years, the psychotherapist went to France, taking the Volvo, but no longer using it.
Return from France to Friesland
The psychotherapist was good at solving his clients' problems, but not the Volvo's problems. That's why the return trip to the garage in Friesland. There the problems would be solved and the car prepared for a new MOT. Due to the hustle and bustle of his practice, there was no message in which the Volvo P 1800 was put in a shed pending the return journey. Trouw suspended every year, until finally a phone call came from France that the car was awarded to Pieter Postma due to the many years of key work and the warm mutual friendship.
Second life 2015
The handy mechanic now started to make the car drivable again. New tires, new upholstery, engine overhaul and a fresh MOT. The wonderful helmsman's car now makes his rounds in the region on summer days. It's actually fantastic that there are people who grant another person happiness and success, purely through the friendly contacts and all the work that had already been done on the car. That alone inspired Pieter Postma to give the car a second life.