Legend has it Volvo found out about their predicament and immediately offered its new P1800 sports coupe, which they gladly accepted.
The rest as they say is history.
Model: P1800 (1800 S, 1800 E, 1800 ES)
Produced: 39,414 of which 5,078 were 1800 ES
Body: Coupe 2-seater, 2 + 2 seater (ES)
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line, overhead valves, 1778 cc, 84.14 x 80 mm, 74kW at 5500 rpm, increased in 1968 to 80kW at 5800 rpm. A 2.0-litre, 1986 cc ( 88.9 x 80 mm), carburettor version appeared in 1968, followed by a fuel-injection version in 1969, 89kW.
Transmission: 4-speed manual, 4-speed manual with overdrive or 3-speed automatic, all with a floor-mounted gear lever.
Brakes: Hydraulic, discs at front and drums at rear, later models had discs for all wheels.