Today's car of the day is from Ripa's collection, and is Matchbox's 1987 Volvo 480 ES.
Wikipedia wrote: The Volvo 480 is a compact car that was produced in Born, Netherlands, by Volvo from 1986 to 1995. It was the first front-wheel drive car made by the automaker. The 480 was available in only one body style on an automobile platform related to the Volvo 440/460 five door hatchback and four door sedan models. It features an unusual four seat, three door hatchback body, somewhere between liftback and estate in form. The 480 was marketed as a coupe in Europe starting in 1986. The compact car was originally intended to be marketed in the United States as a 2+2 "sports wagon" in the fall 1987, although these plans were cancelled due to the continued weakness of the U.S. dollar during 1987. Volvo took six years from the time the 480 was conceived, through its development, and finally brought to production readiness. The press launch was on October 15, 1985, but the 480 was first put on public show in March at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show, becoming available to the buyers in 1987. The automaker described the car as a four seater with "sporty styling" and the first front wheel driven Volvo. Volvo claimed that it was one of the first cars sold in Europe featuring bumpers designed to comply with United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations to withstand a 5-mile-per-hour (8 km/h) front rear impact without damage to the engine, lights, and safety equipment. This was the only Volvo to feature pop up headlamps for better aerodynamics.
For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Volvo 480
This Volvo 480 ES from Ripa's collection is a variation I don't have: the white version can be found with or without the Volvo tampo on the front. I have one with a gray metal base and one with a gray plastic base, but both lack the Volvo printing on the nose.
Wikipedia wrote:The 1987 models were available with an anti-locking brake system (ABS) as an optional extra. In 1988, a Turbo version was introduced, the Garrett AiResearch turbocharger increasing the power from 108 hp to 118 hp. Maximum torque was 175 Nm (129 lbft) compared to the 140 Nm (103 lbft) for the naturally aspirated 1.7 L engine. In 1993 (United Kingdom), due to new legislation which meant that catalytic converters had to be fitted to unleaded petrol engines, power dropped and so the 2.0 L engine was developed; it was rated at 108 hp and 165 Nm (122 lbft). A four-speed automatic transmission was also offered. In 1991, the 480 received new mirrors, headrests for the back seats, as well as subtle modifications to the trim and body color bumpers. The 2.0 naturally aspirated engine was also introduced, again based on the Renault F3 engine. Changes between the CEM (Central Electronic Module) are externally apparent with the introduction of a total closure system whereby the key can be held in the lock position to close the windows and (where fitted) sunroof. Earlier CEM modules feature a "passing" function for the wipers, whereby fully depressing the accelerator pedal will switch intermittent wipers to full. Early 1992 saw the first release of special editions such as the "TwoTone" (with a two tone paintjob).