In history, forgotten prototypes appear again and again that one would have loved to see on the road. One of them is the P172 Coupe from Volvo. It's fantastically beautiful, one can wonder how his career would have gone if it had been realized in Gothenburg.
In spring 1965 there was a Facel Vega HK II in the Volvo design department. The Gran Turismo der Facel S.A was considered one of the most beautiful cars of its time. A luxurious car that was very well received by celebrity customers. For Volvo designer Jan Wilsgaard, the GT was the inspiration. The Norwegian shaped the design of the brand well into the 90s. The angular, angular design was understood by him as a reduction to the essentials.
Jan Wilsgaard created design icons.
Like the Volvo 164, which was considered to be one of the highlights of his work. The P172 Coupé could also have become one. Wilsgaard took the inspiration from the Facel Vega HK II and implemented the lines in his own calm language of form. The result was the design of an impressive luxury class Gran Turismo that could not deny its French inspiration.
Wilsgaard is said to have seen a possible successor to the P172 in the P1800. However, the design would have been positioned higher on the market. A six-cylinder engine would even have been available as a befitting drive. Volvo had a 3 liter for the 164 in development, it could also have been used in the coupe.
A 1: 1 model of the P172.
In September 1966 there was actually a 1: 1 model of the P172 in the yard. It gave an impression of its beauty but was not ready to drive. Because both the engine and the entire interior were missing. In the meantime it was also clear that Volvo would not build this car. Its costs and the possible selling price were well above the market level. It was of little use that Wilsgaard drew an open variant.
The P172 Coupe would have been a first-class Gran Turismo. A year later the project was put aside. The prototype did not survive, Volvo scrapped the 1: 1 model.
The German provider AutoCult has the P172 in 1:43 new resurrect to let. As part of its Avenue 43 series, the Swedish GT is now coming onto the market. Limited and made of resin. A miniature for collectors and a tribute to the designer Jan Wilsgaard, who created so many automotive icons.
Images: AutoCult (2/3) - FACEL SA (1/3)