The first Volvo was made in 1927, the OV4 ‘Jacob’.
Built on a frame using beech and ash, it was, as Volvos still are, not overtly revolutionary, yet strong and capable. It was available in any colour as long as it was dark blue with black wings.
Volvo, have, over the years, become known for their solidity, and, to this day, trade inside of a culture that believes them to be safer than the competition. Occasionally, in the manufacturers history, someone, somewhere has been able to convince the powers that determine Volvo’s course to do something interesting.
In 1986 Volvo launched the 480 coupe. It was Volvo’s first FWD passenger car. Early cars suffered from electrical problems, and seals tend to go on the pretty, rear, frameless bootlid, but these problems were largely cured with an attention to mechanical detail that the Swedish company have become known for. Still, it’s worth checking the footwells and boot floor for rainwater.
The engines, by todays standards seem underpowered until you find out that the whole car weighs little over a ton. It might even be fun to drive. This particular car looks like it is owned by an enthusiast, a good sign for what is a rare but elderly car. Honest John quotes a 37.1% pass rate for MOTs. Enough said.
I suspect that values for this pretty little Volvo (an interesting concept in of itself) have bottomed out, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Petrolicious made a short film on one in ten years or so time. Maybe, maybe not. Either way I’m very near to buying this one for myself…
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£550Volvo 480 GT 3dr 2.0
Reduced to £550 or Best Offer! Only selling because I’m starting a business. £2k+ spent on her to date. All work done by a qualified, very experienced mechanic. Only 250 of the 480GT model were made. The 480 was the first model to have the SIPS – Side Impact Protection System. The Air Conditioning was re-charged in July ’13. Overall she is in v.g.c. All 4 tyres are good as are the brakes. It had a Full Service & a new Clutch kit fitted 3 months ago. Hardly been driven since. Body work is good overall for her 19yrs. A little bit of surface rust on the bottom of the passenger door. The driver’s door was replaced 2 yrs ago with a white one. It was professionally resprayed & fitted but has a little bit of flaking in a few places. She comes with: original set of Snow Mats – front & back + original Vesa rims. She has a Manual 5-Speed Gearbox. Being sold with 2 sets of interiors. The original individually painted ‘patchwork’ design all leather interior. However, she currently has the other set installed – the Black Jacquard, which has leather trim. She also has the rare & much sort-after Roller Boot Cover. The spring action is no longer functioning, but the cover is still operable manually. She is 19 years old & does have some age related wear & tear. Please bare this in mind. N.B. If you get no answer when you phone, please leave your details so I can return your call., GREEN, 5+ owners, Part service history, Electric windows, Air conditioning, CD player, Leather trim, Heated seats, Height adjustable driver’s seat, Height adjustable passenger seat, Folding rear seats, Sports seats, Metallic paint, Spare wheel (Space-saver), Power steering, Steering wheel rake adjustment, Central locking, Alarm, Driver’s airbags. £550