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Car Of The Day: August 26, 2018

Dean-o-mite
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August 26th, 2018, 8:08 am #1





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).




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atombaum
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August 26th, 2018, 11:17 am #2

Nice model. :thumbup: I have one. :D but never saw a real one with my own eyes.







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Ripa
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August 26th, 2018, 11:54 am #3

One of my favourite Matchbox!

These real cars were quite rare here when new, but there were some (440/460 series were a huge seller). The prices dropped fast for these and I haven't seen any as a daily driver in ages. Now the prices have gone up for the ones which survived. I have seen a few at car shows in the past years.
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Pegers
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August 26th, 2018, 12:25 pm #4

i also have seen a real one on the streets.nice casting.
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pjedsel
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August 26th, 2018, 1:13 pm #5

:wave: Pretty sure my version, which went to a different garage, did not have the Volvo on the hood. Can't say I have ever seen a real one (don't really live in Volvo country :D ). Thought it was neat that Matchbox offered this one!
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juantoo3
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August 26th, 2018, 1:17 pm #6

Was fixin' to say I don't believe I've seen this casting or the real car...but others beat me to it! That's the fun of CotD, learning new things!
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ivantt
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August 27th, 2018, 12:09 am #7

When was the last time MBX ran this tool? It's unknown to me.
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JeepXJLover
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August 27th, 2018, 1:15 am #8

Very nice. A Matchbox I would not mind having in my collection. Though I always thought this car looked nothing like a Volvo. Always reminded me more of a Subaru.
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corvairjim
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August 27th, 2018, 3:11 am #9

To my eye, it looks like they cut Ital Design loose on an 1800ES sport wagon from the 60's-70's. Large side glass area and an all-glass hatch, but all the curves went away in favor of planes and sharp angles. I don't know if I've ever seen this car, either in 1:1 or 1:64 scale, but I do remember it's successor, the one with the taillights that ran up the back of the C-pillars. I think that one was a very good looking car, especially for a Volvo (with apologies to the Volvo owners in the audience! :rolleyes: )
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Dean-o-mite
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August 27th, 2018, 9:07 am #10

ivantt wrote:When was the last time MBX ran this tool? It's unknown to me.
I believe it was only available for 1988 and 1989, and only in two colors and a couple minor variations.

The regular release was white, which could be found with or without the Volvo script on the nose, and at least the one without the nose printing came with either metal or plastic base variations. The second color was thanks to the Laser Wheels series.




Metal base on the left; plastic on the right. Both made in Macau.



1987_Volvo_480_ES___duo___Matchbox.jpg
1987_Volvo_480_ES___base_duo___Matchbox.jpg
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ivantt
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August 31st, 2018, 5:01 pm #11

Thanks, Dean.

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Ripa
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September 1st, 2018, 7:58 am #12

That laser wheels version was on my wantlist for a long while! Only found it around a year ago
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94cadillacfleetwood
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September 3rd, 2018, 7:04 am #13

I find it odd that it was NHTSA crash-test compliant, but I don't believe the real car was sold in the US. A little ahead of its time even for Volvo.
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September 3rd, 2018, 7:53 am #14

This Volvo is a lovely Model! :wub:








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jurcpa
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September 10th, 2018, 1:00 pm #15

the son from the DAF car ,Volvo bougt DAF a long time ago ,nice charming car
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