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Volvo 480 Turbo — 1988

Volvo's toughest 1980´s sports coupé with a lot of new thinking and turbo engine developed in cooperation with Porsche. Today rare collector car with cult status in Holland and England. A fine specimen.

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"This car has been lightly driven and runs well. It’s from the salt free northern part of Sweden which means that the body is unusually fine, some bodywork has been repainted."

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"This car has been lightly driven and runs well. It’s from the salt free northern part of Sweden which means that the body is unusually fine, some bodywork has been repainted."


Volvo's toughest sport coupé that came at the end of the late 1980´s. The model became very popular Yuppie car in England, Germany and Holland. In Finland and Sweden they preferred models such as the 240 and 740 which explains why this car today is very unusual. This specimen is in good condition and with low mileage.
The car has been in the neighborhood of Luleå northern Sweden since new, with the same owner from 1992 to 2014. It has always been in the garage and barely driven in the winter. In the summer of 2018 it was bought by a Volvo enthusiast and journalist for motor magazine Teknikens Värld you can read about this documented journey from Luleå to Gothenburg. The engine feels refreshed and the car is good on the road. It's fun to drive. The body is mostly original paint with a nice interior.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
    146000 km 
  • Kw / hp
    88 / 120 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour


  • Mechanical condition:

    Good working condition

  • Interior condition:

    Fine condition and well maintaned.

  • Exterior condition:

    In a well kept condition but some small marks and scratches in the lacquer which must be seen as quite normal..

  • General condition:

    Overall very good condition.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Avst 2019-01-12
Ursprungsbesiktning: 1988-10-03 (typbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 1989-07-29
Besiktigad tom: 2019-06-30
Senast godkända besiktning: 2017-07-12
Körförbud: Nej
Skattebefriad: Ja
Årsskatt: -
Antal ägare: 5

Facts about the model

Geneva Motor Show 1986, Volvo cars presented their very first front car. The 480 series was a sporty GT-like car where the technology was partly shared with Renault but Volvo had helped by Porsche's external development department when it came to the engine construction, for example.
Design wise, the 480 is considered a milestone with its flat low profile, pop up headlights and glass tailgate that’s borrowed form and function from legendary 1800 ES (1972-73).
The interior was as avant-garde as was the exterior. The designer was the Englishman Peter Horburys and his design team, Horbury later became Volvo's design director after the legend Jan Wilsgaard. The entire dashboard was inspired by the cockpit of a fighter jet and the rear seat was designed with two separate seats – the Volvo 480 is an authentic 2 + 2.
Engine wise, 480 ES was initially with 1.7-liter aspirated with 109 hp, but the Turbo model (debut 1988) won eleven extra hp, totaling 120 hp. Better was that the torque was improved, the 480 Turbo has significantly better to drive and more sporty. In design terms, the Turbo version distinguishes itself by using color coded bumper and front lower spoiler. More gauges and the funky trip computer with seven individual steps are standard for the 480 Turbo model. 

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