Saint's restored car to feature in classic show
THE famous ST1 sports car driven by Roger Moore in The Saint will feature at a major classic vehicle show at the Bath and West Show Ground next month.
The 1962 Volvo P1800 was found rotting away on a farm 22 years ago, with its engine on the back seat. It has been fully restored by car enthusiast Kevin Price and today looks as good as when The Saint last stepped out of it.
Mr Price found the car on a farm in North Wales in 1991 and persuaded the owner to sell it to him in 1997. He spent ten years collecting parts and another six on the restoration.
Although four more P1800s were later supplied by Volvo, Mr Price's vehicle – registered as 71 DXC – is the original.
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Mr Price said: "I fell in love with the shape of the car and it became a quest to find one.
"I was approached by a guy from North Wales who said he had the original car from The Saint. So I went to have a look, and it was just sat next to the barn covered in brambles and nettles with the engine on the back seat.
"But when he finally agreed to sell and I got it home it was in surprisingly good shape considering it had been there so long.
"As much of the original car was retained as possible and it drives beautifully. You wouldn't think it was a 1962 car."
The Saint car will be a highlight at the Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show at the showground on November 2-3.
Now in its 13th year, the show will feature up to 150 exhibitors, including classic car clubs, traders and autojumblers spread over four indoor arenas.
The owners' clubs and restorers will host live displays and offer visitors expert restoration advice. The show also includes an auction, suppliers and autojumblers all offering a wealth of motoring gadgets and spares.
Visitors can bring their own classic car to show off in the VIP viewing area, or buy a classic vehicle at an on-site auction, which is held on Sunday by leading classic vehicle auctioneer Charterhouse.
The 13th Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show will takes place at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, over the weekend of 2-3 November. Doors are open from 9.30am to 4pm on both days.