A Sorry Looking Celebration (Given a Lifeline as R2!)

Cleaned up the garage, found parts laying around, but it turned out to be a complete Volvo 480? If you want to sell your car (480 only) you can place an advert here.

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A Sorry Looking Celebration (Given a Lifeline as R2!)

Post by Jay-Kay-Em » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:33 am

Not actually advertised as a Celebration but I just spy the plaque and the "480 only" badge.

Here

Is it on Sylvia's database?

N993PUD by the look of it.... although no V5 to verify that which breaks the golden rule of purchasing without a V5!
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by dragonflyjewels » Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:12 pm

It wasn't on the register but it is now - Jeff spotted it this morning as well. Have already messaged the seller in the hopes of more info. Also been debating R2 !! Like buses, nothing worth buying for months, now this.... Anyone local enough to go and check it out ?
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by Martin Mc » Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:27 pm

Last MOT apparently in 2011 - but possibly a low mileage example worth saving ;)


Date tested 17 August 2011
Pass
Mileage 40,265 miles
MOT test number 9068 3902 1233
Test location
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Expiry date 29 August 2012
Date tested 17 August 2011
Fail
Mileage 40,265 miles
MOT test number 7294 6952 1234
Test location
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Reason(s) for failure

Rear fog lamp not working (1.3.2b)

What are failures?
Date tested 20 August 2010
Pass
Mileage 38,921 miles
MOT test number 7605 1213 0236
Test location
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Expiry date 29 August 2011
Date tested 20 August 2010
Fail
Mileage 38,921 miles
MOT test number 6206 6243 0269
Test location
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Reason(s) for failure

Rear fog lamp not working (1.3.2b)
Windscreen washer provides insufficient washer liquid (8.2.3)

What are failures?
Date tested 20 August 2009
Pass
Mileage 32,859 miles
MOT test number 7339 0213 9292
Test location
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Expiry date 29 August 2010
Advisory notice item(s)

Rear Exhaust has a minor leak of exhaust gases (7.1.2)

What are advisories?
Date tested 18 August 2008
Pass
Mileage 32,120 miles
MOT test number 8816 0173 8233
Test location
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Expiry date 29 August 2009
Date tested 30 August 2007
Pass
Mileage 31,423 miles
MOT test number 3848 3234 7271
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Expiry date 29 August 2008
Date tested 29 August 2007
Fail
Mileage 31,420 miles
MOT test number 8023 9154 7292
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Reason(s) for failure

Front Headlamp not working on dipped beam (1.7.5a)
Front Headlamp not working on main beam (1.7.5a)
Rear Exhaust has a major leak of exhaust gases (7.1.2)
Front Exhaust has a major leak of exhaust gases (7.1.2)
Front Exhaust has part of the system excessively deteriorated (7.1.1a)
Exhaust emissions Lambda reading after 2nd fast idle outside specified limits (7.3.D.3)

What are failures?
Date tested 1 August 2006
Pass
Mileage 30,090 miles
MOT test number 3328 7311 6286
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Expiry date 31 July 2007
Date tested 1 August 2006
Fail
Mileage 30,090 miles
MOT test number 9440 9321 6264
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Reason(s) for failure

Offside Front Direction indicator incorrect colour (1.4.A.2f)
Offside Front Tyre tread depth below requirements of 1.6mm (4.1.E.1)
Service brake: efficiency below requirements (3.7.B.7)

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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by dragonflyjewels » Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:25 am

I find myself worrying about this one. The seller has kindly supplied details for the Celeb register. I also asked for close up pics of the wheel arches rear lights drivers bolster and pedal rubbers. All look good. Anyone near enough to call in and check it over ?
Bidding on it stopped when the GT got listed, at the moment it's on breaker money. Leather interior plus one perfect rear light would show a profit before they start taking mechanical bits off.
If it doesnt go much higher I'd be willing to fund buying it and Jeff could store it until R1 is sold but a look over would be good.
Blasted buses!!
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by 2675 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:40 pm

This would be a very sad car to break. It looks like the archetypal one elderly owner car with only 40,000 odd miles and not used since 2012.As far as I can see it would need very little to get it back on the road, probably new cam belt, discs, pads and calipers a service and maybe tyres. The headlamp cover is there and hopefully the radio front panel. It will need one rear lamp, one driving lamp a couple of side light lenses and an indicator lamp lens and a battery. It even has the rear parcel cover, As Sylvia mentions the seats are probably very good. The seller states that it runs, which may be a shame as the fuel is possibly very stale, but on the other hand you know it is not seized.
This is an ideal chance for someone to have an air conditioned Celebration in perhaps the best colour! It is always a risk as photos often seem to be better than the real thing, but even the paintwork looks like it would polish up.
I have tried to get one of my friends to buy it,(he is thinking about it) but Mansfield is a long way from Kent. This is one that should be saved and not broken for spares to sit on somebodies shelf.
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by dcwalker » Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:11 pm

Hmmm...auction ends 3pm or so, 14th, which is this Friday afternoon. I take it that the bidders are not on here - or at least not so as are willing to admit?

As has been said it looks too good to be broken; just the fact it is one of the dwindling number of Celebrations means it ought to be saved if possible, and it does look as if with a little TLC it could quite quickly become a good car.

Can't promise - it's near Mansfield, Derbyshire, so not exactly on my doorstep but not a million miles either. I'll see if tomorrow might allow an opportunity to go take a look...

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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by dragonflyjewels » Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:37 pm

David, if you could get over to look at it that would be great. Al is onboard with saving it so I have been arguing with myself all afternoon on how much I should bid for it. I see maybe £1000 for the n/s rear light cluster/near perfect interior/rear roller cover but I suppose how much a breaker would be prepared to pay for it depends on how far they are willing to strip it down and how much labour would go into it. I have no idea...

Here are the photos they sent me (quite surprised they didn't add them to the ebay listing)

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The driver's seat bolster and pedal rubbers tell me the low mileage is genuine. That nearside rear cluster looks as though it wasn't on the car very long before it got written off. It's what's behind the seemingly good rear wheel arches that's the worry.

I'm assuming the car was vandalised as I can't see any sign of accident damage on the body panels - perhaps the n/s pop-up was stuck up at the time ?

Comments welcome !!
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by Alan 480 » Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:13 pm

Jay-Kay-Em wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:33 am
Not actually advertised as a Celebration but I just spy the plaque and the "480 only" badge.

Here

Is it on Sylvia's database?

N993PUD by the look of it.... although no V5 to verify that which breaks the golden rule of purchasing without a V5!
no v5 means 'is it nicked?'

although if they are breakers then it CAN be re-registered? subject to DVLA?

type that number into 'is it SORN' on DVLA website and 'there is a problem' suggesting it IS written off?

so REALLY sad that a 'good car' can be scrapped :-(
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by dragonflyjewels » Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:10 pm

Jeff has done an HPi check, it's a cat c write off (just one broken light cluster in 2011 would write it off). Not a problem, our blue turbo was a cat c as well and got a V5 without difficulty - just vehicle identity check and presumably an mot or similar condition check.
This one came up as not stolen, the only other thing that was flagged up was a registration change - it was on a private plate up to 2008. As it's only had 2 previous owners, I'm assuming the private plate was the first owner and came off when owner one sold the car to owner two. As Jeff has pointed out, the Goodyear Eagle tyres would indicate a well looked after car.
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by dragonflyjewels » Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:11 am

Well, the price is creeping up but still only breaker money. I'll be bidding by snipe in the dying seconds of the auction - if I get outbid I think it'll be going to someone who actually wants it. If that's you, send me a pm !
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by dragonflyjewels » Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:06 pm

R2 !!!!
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by jifflemon » Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:08 pm

and the whole forum lets out a collective sigh! :D

(i'm sure it wasn't just me holding my breath!)

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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by Norm57 » Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:26 am

Well done Sylvia and Al. What are your hopes and plans for R2?

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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by dragonflyjewels » Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:03 am

This one will go into dry storage until R1 is finished and back on the road. Then Jeff will move on to working on R2. (or maybe it will be chaos-style, I'm sure he's as keen as us to find out if there's any hidden problems). The best outcome would be for R1 to sell for a decent price to safe hands in order to re-imburse us for R2 and maybe turn a small profit for the pot. We'd like to get R2 back on the road and sold similarly so we could move on to R3. PLEASE no more bus syndrome, I can't handle another one yet but I'm a real sucker for a worthy cause.

The worst outcome for R2 would be if we discovered a hitherto unsuspected problem which explained why it just went into store instead of having the lights sorted, and meant it just isn't viable to rescue. In that case the backup plan would be to sell the interior/rearlight cluster/rear roller cover and alloys in order to recoup our costs and put some more cash in the rescue pot. Any parts Jeff can remove for the pool parts store would come off and the rest sent for scrap :badmood: NOT what we want at all, but we have to be practical. Now we know the engine isn't seized I'm much more optimistic, but there is a limit to what we can ask Jeff to do alongside a full time job and looking after his own 3 480s not to mention a few more projects.

If we can make a small profit on each car we sell we could maybe build up a big enough fund to think about paying for any major work needed on a future rescue but of course we would need to consult with our donors.

Currently we have £250 in the pot - Al and I donated the cost of trailer hire and fuel to rescue R1 and Jeff has so far spent about £2 - he knows how tightly I hold the purse strings! We have been given some parts so we haven't yet had to spend any more than the purchase price.
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration

Post by Jay-Kay-Em » Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:40 pm

Wow! What dedication here!

:wave:

This picture is what dreams are made of... form an orderly queue....
dragonflyjewels wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:37 pm

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Good luck for R2.... I guess it still hangs in the balance V5 allowing etc.

Look forward to the assessment. Any Celebration is worth saving and it's commendable.

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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration (Given a Lifeline!)

Post by dragonflyjewels » Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:16 pm

My worries about the lack of V5 largely evaporated when Jeff sent me the HPi report - the words 'not stolen' were reassuring, as was a chassis no that matched the one the scrapyard gave me for the register. My remaining concern is that the wording against the Cat c write off is 'extensively damaged'. To me, some smashed lights isn't extensive damage but I can't think what else might be damaged that isn't visible. Maybe it was the parts estimate that was extensive, or the length of search needed to source them ! :lol:
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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration (Given a Lifeline!)

Post by jamescarruthers » Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:24 pm

well done you two. Don't fret about the lack of V5, I bought mine without and the DVLA issued one without any issue what so ever!
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2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2003 Renault Avantime 3.0 V6 (Big Ren)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

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J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
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E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration (Given a Lifeline!)

Post by dcwalker » Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:32 am

Once again, well done to the rescue team :D

Always liked the storm grey Celeb, yet all 3 I have been privileged to own have been red ones.

If I can help with this one, do shout.

Best,

David
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Previous: Celebration 467 (returned to Martin Mc); Celebration 346 (re-homed with Alan480); Celebration 269 (scrapped abandoned project), Celebration 73 (sold on after 6 years), 1992 ES, 1988 ES - and numerous other non-480 Volvos!

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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration (Given a Lifeline!)

Post by jifflemon » Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:28 am

we'll know more once it arrives... Need to make space for it! :rofl:

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Re: A Sorry Looking Celebration (Given a Lifeline!)

Post by dcwalker » Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:34 am

jifflemon wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:28 am
we'll know more once it arrives... Need to make space for it! :rofl:
And we used to call Glasgow Jim's "480 central"... :lol:
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Previous: Celebration 467 (returned to Martin Mc); Celebration 346 (re-homed with Alan480); Celebration 269 (scrapped abandoned project), Celebration 73 (sold on after 6 years), 1992 ES, 1988 ES - and numerous other non-480 Volvos!

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