Vignale Volvo Elisabeth I & II
Volvo 'Elisabeth I': P445 based, Michelotti design.
The man behind the project was the swedish businessman Goesta Wennberg, who made contact with Michelotti in Paris 1952. Michelotti was supposed to design the bodywork of a car to be build by Ghia-Aigle, but the drawings came to Vignale, Torino, instead. The work itself took place mainly at Allemano in the same city. Because of the construction of the chassis there was no space for a back seat. This was probably one of the main reasons for Volvos lack of interest in serialproduction of Elisabeth I, which was Wennbergs original intention with this project.
The one-off car was crashed in the early sixties.
Elisabeth II: a unique Volvo that has survived.
Wennbergs second attempt as an automobile manufacturer.
This particular vehicle, in a way resembling the Amazon (P 120), is based on the PV 444. The main issue for Volvo was the backseat spacing which had radically improved compared to Elisabeth I. But after the Volvo-crew estimated the manufacturing-costs even this improved version was of no interest...
Another reason for Volvos lack of interest was simply their own new project Volvo P 1900. Elisabeth II was soon in private hands and in the beginning of the 90`s undergoing total restauration by a new owner in western Sweden.