In 1993 we bought our home in Schaarsbergen, to allow for this my 740 Estate and
Yvonne's red 480 Turbo were sold.
I made Yvonne a promise to, in time, buy her a new 480.
We had just settled down in our new home, when Volvo Born decided to seize production.
Since we had recovered from our financial investments in the new home I was able to raise the money for the 480 and
ordered it on our wedding day; May 2, 1995.
My dealer was instructed to wait until the last series was produced, this was in
So the car was delivered in late September 1995, a beautiful dark green metallic GT Turbo line with black leather seats, airconditioning and nice Taurus Mags.
Actually this was our first new Volvo and we drove it from zero kilometers until the 123K it has today.
The first years it was Yvonne's car, but as the kids grew older (and bigger) she changed to our V90.
At the moment I drive the car from Arnhem to Hollandse Rading, some 145 kilometers, two times a week.
The rest of the week I'll use either my Amazon or the P 1800 for my local job as a GP.
The 480 is my daily driver during the winter period as my vintage Volvo's are in the garage.
I must admit the car is not as strong as the 9- and 7-series, only recently I had to change all four discs, the exhaust, distribution belt and four Pirelli tires (this hurts) but still a 480 is fun to drive.
Volvo 480 was designed by Robert Koch in the late seventies and
early eighties, the 480 was launched in mid 1986. The car was
built in by Volvo Cars B.V. at Born, Holland.
The 1721cc (B18FT) Turbo version became available in 1988. In 1993 the
original 1721cc (B18E/F) non-turbo engine was replaced by a
1998cc (B20F) unit.
The last Volvo 480 came off the production line on 7 September
1995. In total 80,463 Volvo 480's were made.
A study model of the Turbo Convertible never made it into
Ed van der Zee.