Volvo 480

Stack of Volvo 480 Turbos by Monkey Crisis On Mars

Stack of Volvo 480s cabriolet and turbo in purple, white, two-tone green-silver, red, and black produced from 1986 – 1995. ©2016 Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars – All Rights Reserved

If you know Volvos you probably also remember that there was a time when it wasn’t easy to describe them as cool, good looking, elegant, or sporty. That was around the same time when they decided they want something cool, good looking, elegant and sporty. In 1985 this was the 480. A three door, wagon style, sporty looking liftback that looked like a P1800ES at Wikipedia had an intense affair with a 3rd gen. Honda Civic hatchback at Wikipedia. Looking at what the Japanese with these types of cars Volvo never gave the 480 it’s full potential. Especially the Renault F-engine didn’t really match the exterior. But nevertheless it’s still a great looking car that draws a perfect line from the P1800 to the C30 and the present V40. Some enthusiast even found ways to give their 480s the power they deserve.

You can buy these graphics and more Volvos at Volvofornia – Vintage Volvo T-Shirts And Apparel or posters and accessories at Redbubble.com

 in black, white and red by Monkey Crisis On Mars

Stack of Volvo 480 Turbos in black, white and red produced from 1986 – 1995. ©2016 Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars – All Rights Reserved

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5 thoughts on “Volvo 480

  1. I’ve never seen one of these, they look cool! Recently I acquired a ’75 Volvo 164 that was destined for scrap, it’s sitting in my yard like a horse put out to pasture!

    • I’ve never seen a 148 in the US. Even in Volvo-crazy California. I don’t know the numbers but I think it’s rather rare. I remember seeing some in Europe. 164s are nice. I have them on my list to render. Are you planning to restore it?

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