Look at the first car at the very top of this article. That red one. Try to identify it, and you might say it's just an unknown -- albeit beautiful -- little sports coupe, or, well, anything but a Volvo. You'd be wrong. That's the Volvo P1800, and it's an absolute legend. In its day, Volvo's coupe served as a pre-Bond Roger Moore's car in The Saint. As a sports car, it stands out in Volvo's history of valuing practicality above all else.
Now look at the car's Estate variant ("estate" is European for "wagon") shown above. The P1800 ES came around in 1971, and you'll notice it's a bit more Volvo-esque -- so much so, in fact, that it was the direct inspiration for a two-door wagon concept car a few years back. In turn, that concept laid the groundwork for the current state of Volvo design. Case in point, look closely at the front grille of the new V90 wagon. Look familiar? Yep, that's a hint of P1800 in there trying to peek out.