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A Grand Monday: Volvo 480ES £995

Published 04 September 2017

With its angular lines and sharp stance, the 480ES was a world away from the traditional boxy Volvo. But it wasn’t just the outside that was different. Inside there was a futuristic cabin and underneath it boasted front-wheel drive – the first of the car maker’s model to do so.

Built in the old DAF factory in the Netherlands, the 480ES came into being partly to keep the factory operating until a new generation of Volvos came along to replace the ageing 340 and 360 Series. The 480ES received a mixed reception on launch and it was flawed in many ways.

But none of that matters now. With fewer than 1000 examples left on British road, this Volvo is an endangered species and today is a stand out modern classic. After all, who doesn’t love an angular two-door estate with pop-up headlights?

This 1994 Volvo 480 is for sale at £995 and looks pretty good. The engine and gearbox are said to be in good condition. And-most of the electrics work (including the headlights) – although the owner does say that the electric aerial needs replacing and the dash instruments are a bit temperamental.

Volvo 480 (3)

With 70,000 miles on the clock, it comes with a full MoT and some service history. Recent work includes new spark plugs, HT leads, distributor cap and rotor arm, plus coil and crank sensor. All of which should make sure it’s a good starter as we head into the darker, colder months.

Inside, it has the original half-leather seats and the rest of the interior looks in good nick, although the driver’s seat has a bit of wear. The spec includes power steering, ABS, front electric windows, electric door mirrors, and alloy wheels.

If you’re serious about this car, check everywhere for rust. The car comes with two replacement rear wing panels (a notorious grot spot) but you’ll need to check for crumbling door bottoms and leaky/rotten screen surrounds.

Volvo 480 (6)


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