Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

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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Martin Mc
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Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by Martin Mc » Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:12 pm

Hello good folks of wedgie land,

Following my recent re-acquisition of Nilani, courtesy of David (DCWalker), I now need to lose a car in order to make way for a garage conversion (so I can teach from home for the foreseeable). It is with a heavy heart, therefore, that I am putting some feelers out to see if anyone on here might be interested, or if you might know of anyone who wishes to join the fold (or rejoin as we all do eventually!).

I'm open to offers, and if it goes to a good home to someone on here, (or known to someone on here) I'd let her go for what I've put into her. After I acquired her in January from Ireland, she needed new brakes front and rear (calipers, pads, discs, fluid), but flew through her MOT shortly after that.

Happy to listen to offers, what you think it is worth - she scrubs up well for a 26 year old car, and with lots of documentation, and very little use since MOT, I am sure she will bring a smile to someone's face for a long time to come. If no takers on here, (and I will give it a couple of weeks), then I'll go the online route and chance my arm - not going to be looking for silly money though!!

The pics kind of speak for themselves - there are some niggles, and things that could be 'done' up, but overall I think she is very nice. Highlights would be non-cracked door pockets, almost perfect dash surround, working moon-roof, working electric windows, working heated seats...

PM any questions!

Martin

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Volvo 480 - There's NOTHING like it!
Previous 480 pedigree: 1992 ES (1.7 White) 1993 ES (2.0 Red) 1994 S (1.7 White) 1994 ES 2.0 (metallic red) 1995 S (1.7 Black) #467 / 480 Celebration (flame red metallic) 1993 ES (2.0 Paris Blue)
Every decent bloke deserves an extra-marital car (so my wife tells me)(apparently it keeps me out of mischief.... really..)

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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by dcwalker » Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:06 pm

Ooooo...I've never had a blue one ;)

Are you trying to lead me astray? :lol:

David
Current: 1994 480 GT (plus 2004 C70 Collection & 2010 V50 SE)
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: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by MisterH » Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:26 pm

Looks very nice, I am not a fan of the wheels to be honest, but that blue is stunning!
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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by Martin Mc » Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:27 pm

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dcwalker wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:06 pm
Ooooo...I've never had a blue one ;)

Are you trying to lead me astray? :lol:

David
Absolutely ! :hopping:

And ya, saggy headlining, and Mr Sheen all over the dashboard due to photography before polishing - doh! :lol:
Volvo 480 - There's NOTHING like it!
Previous 480 pedigree: 1992 ES (1.7 White) 1993 ES (2.0 Red) 1994 S (1.7 White) 1994 ES 2.0 (metallic red) 1995 S (1.7 Black) #467 / 480 Celebration (flame red metallic) 1993 ES (2.0 Paris Blue)
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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by David » Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:10 am

Did you get it from southern or Nothern Ireland?

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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by Martin Mc » Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:27 am

Hello David,

It was Northern Ireland (a few miles out of Belfast, the other side of Lisburn). It was quite an experience getting home via the ferry to Liverpool, especially once I discovered that there was no handbrake :nuts: . She's had TLC, love and attention and a whole new brake set up since, mind you.

Martin
Volvo 480 - There's NOTHING like it!
Previous 480 pedigree: 1992 ES (1.7 White) 1993 ES (2.0 Red) 1994 S (1.7 White) 1994 ES 2.0 (metallic red) 1995 S (1.7 Black) #467 / 480 Celebration (flame red metallic) 1993 ES (2.0 Paris Blue)
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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by jifflemon » Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:23 am

MisterH wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:26 pm
Looks very nice, I am not a fan of the wheels to be honest, but that blue is stunning!
luckily for you, someone I know has a selection of wheels available..... :D

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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by dcwalker » Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:38 am

jifflemon wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:23 am
MisterH wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:26 pm
Looks very nice, I am not a fan of the wheels to be honest, but that blue is stunning!
luckily for you, someone I know has a selection of wheels available..... :D
Never one to miss an opportunity, our Jeff :rofl:

Mind you, it would look great sitting on a nice set of Taurus wheels...

David
Current: 1994 480 GT (plus 2004 C70 Collection & 2010 V50 SE)
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: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by dragonflyjewels » Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:39 am

Looks a very good example of Paris Blue. Snazzy looked fine until she was parked next to Eva who has been garaged all her life - another reason for Snazzy having a complete make-over. This one looks close to Eva's colour, and it has my favourite red dipstick !! Not many around that still have this engine. Smoky? yes Oil needs to be checked regularly? yes Bottom end grunt? yes,yes,yes,yes :D
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo
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Sven - 1994 Dark Green GT
Evil Eva 1992 Paris Blue Turbo

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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by MisterH » Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:23 am

jifflemon wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:23 am
MisterH wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:26 pm
Looks very nice, I am not a fan of the wheels to be honest, but that blue is stunning!
luckily for you, someone I know has a selection of wheels available..... :D
Do detect a motive? :lol:
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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by brinkie » Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:36 am

Looks like a very tidy car, if it wasn't RHD and located more than a day's travel from here (if you include the ferry), I'd be all over it. :hopping:
And the instrument cluster has had an interesting holiday. After I've built up a complete new one (so Martin didn't need to put this one off the road while the car was missing its instrument cluster), I've sent it back to him and on its way to Blackburn, it fell into the hands of Hermes where a misconfigured postcode reader sent it to Hemel Hempstead, 200 miles off its intended destination! How they managed to do that is beyond me, but at least they could tell where it was delivered. Thanks to some very helpful folks from a political party you'd least expect it from, it was finally delivered at Martin's place. (I've sent them a gift package with Yorkshire tea and biscuits to say thank you!)
Robert.

Present cars: 1994 Volvo 480 GT 2.0i Vase Green, 2010 Volvo V70 2.0F Momentum Mystic Silver
Past: 1981 Talbot-Matra Murena 2.2 Rouge Mephisto, 1995 Volvo 480 GT 2.0i Paris Blue

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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by Norm57 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:30 pm

Hi Martin how correct due think mileage is? I see Robert has worked his magic for you. Do the M O Ts back it up?

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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by Martin Mc » Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:39 pm

Norm57 wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:30 pm
Hi Martin how correct due think mileage is? I see Robert has worked his magic for you. Do the M O Ts back it up?
I'd say it is highly suspect, given what is recorded at Gov.uk ;) It is probably at least 20K higher than that shown on the odometer, although Robert re-set the unit to what it was showing when I bought the car with a non-operative instrument cluster (odometer, speedo, rev counter and info-centre). :badmood:

Having said that, once a car like this reaches a certain age, I think it is more important that the conditon is supported by the documentation (e.g. maintenance and service records), which this car has in spades.

Cheers!

Martin
Volvo 480 - There's NOTHING like it!
Previous 480 pedigree: 1992 ES (1.7 White) 1993 ES (2.0 Red) 1994 S (1.7 White) 1994 ES 2.0 (metallic red) 1995 S (1.7 Black) #467 / 480 Celebration (flame red metallic) 1993 ES (2.0 Paris Blue)
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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by Martin Mc » Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:38 pm

brinkie wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:36 am
Looks like a very tidy car, if it wasn't RHD and located more than a day's travel from here (if you include the ferry), I'd be all over it. :hopping:
And the instrument cluster has had an interesting holiday. After I've built up a complete new one (so Martin didn't need to put this one off the road while the car was missing its instrument cluster), I've sent it back to him and on its way to Blackburn, it fell into the hands of Hermes where a misconfigured postcode reader sent it to Hemel Hempstead, 200 miles off its intended destination! How they managed to do that is beyond me, but at least they could tell where it was delivered. Thanks to some very helpful folks from a political party you'd least expect it from, it was finally delivered at Martin's place. (I've sent them a gift package with Yorkshire tea and biscuits to say thank you!)
Haha Yes, Robert! It was quite a saga and I remember how strange it seemed that it ended up at Tory HQ in Hemel Hempstead, despite being clearly addressed to me in Lancashire! Anyway, it all ended well and the new unit slotted straight in and worked 'Brinkie Style' right away :)
Volvo 480 - There's NOTHING like it!
Previous 480 pedigree: 1992 ES (1.7 White) 1993 ES (2.0 Red) 1994 S (1.7 White) 1994 ES 2.0 (metallic red) 1995 S (1.7 Black) #467 / 480 Celebration (flame red metallic) 1993 ES (2.0 Paris Blue)
Every decent bloke deserves an extra-marital car (so my wife tells me)(apparently it keeps me out of mischief.... really..)

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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by Martin Mc » Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:59 pm

Hello again good folks of wedgie land,

Just a quick update to let you know that the Paris Blue ES has sold to the first person to view her, and very close to the asking price (which should reassure us all in terms of the value of our wedgie investments).

In true 480 style she had to play a little trick before departing, however - the gremlin that had afflicted the pop ups when I first got her decided that this morning would be a good time to reappear. Luckily the new owner wasn't phased by this (having previously had a at some years ago).

I think (hope!) we will see the car and the new owner (Keith) at some point on the forum, and hopefully at future get togethers - the car is now midlands based and so should be handy for rallies oop north, Derbyshire way and darn sarf too.

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Bye bye & thanks for everything!

All the best!

Martin
Volvo 480 - There's NOTHING like it!
Previous 480 pedigree: 1992 ES (1.7 White) 1993 ES (2.0 Red) 1994 S (1.7 White) 1994 ES 2.0 (metallic red) 1995 S (1.7 Black) #467 / 480 Celebration (flame red metallic) 1993 ES (2.0 Paris Blue)
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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by dragonflyjewels » Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:00 pm

That's great news Martin - well done !! Sounds like she's in safe hands, we'll hope to see her at a meet before too long. If she was mine I'd have to call her Viking with that plate !
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Dark Green GT
Evil Eva 1992 Paris Blue Turbo

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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by dcwalker » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:44 pm

Glad you found a good home for her Martin!

You weren't offered a good price for Nilani then... :lol: ;)

David
Current: 1994 480 GT (plus 2004 C70 Collection & 2010 V50 SE)
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: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by arthuy » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:35 pm

Good news it is going to a good home.

Where did you advertise it, was it word of mouth?

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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by MisterH » Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:05 pm

arthuy wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:35 pm
Good news it is going to a good home.

Where did you advertise it, was it word of mouth?
I saw it on Gumtree
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Re: Unexpectedly Available! Looking for a Good Home

Post by brinkie » Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:45 pm

Good times! And fixing an unwilling headlight popup motor is simple, just bridge the relay contacts and let the popup motor run for about 15 minutes. 9 out of 10 times it's working fine again.
Robert.

Present cars: 1994 Volvo 480 GT 2.0i Vase Green, 2010 Volvo V70 2.0F Momentum Mystic Silver
Past: 1981 Talbot-Matra Murena 2.2 Rouge Mephisto, 1995 Volvo 480 GT 2.0i Paris Blue

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