Aston-powered Volvo will be at the NEC

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A unique Aston Martin-engined Volvo P1800 is to be on show at the Footman James Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham in November.

The fascinating 1961 car has an original  a 2.5 litre DOHC four-cylinder Aston Martin prototype engine which was fitted to the car at the Aston factory for test purposes.

Although the project was never realised, the car has survived and is now owned and run by Beat Roos of Roos Engineering in Switzerland.

Due to be displayed on the Volvo Owners' Club stand as part of the finale of the P1800's 50th anniversary celebrations (yes, the fanfare was somewhat muted compared with that for the E-type), other NEC highlights will be the P958-X1 prototype, a rally car, a stock Jensen-built example and a "Saint" car.

P1800 designer Pelle Petterson will also be at the NEC as a fascinating group of the Swedish cars is shown on both club stands and the Volvo Cars Heritage Stand.

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