Earlier in the year, a friend and serial car hoarder was giving a run-down of his current fleet and mentioned he has a Volvo 960 he’d be prepared to sell. Being on the rebound from the crushing disappointment of owning that possessed Daihatsu Charade – I thought of no better way to get over it than replace it with a car three times the size, with twice the number of cylinders.
Anyway, many months passed with no movement from either of us, until the Sunday of the NEC show last month. I caught the train down to the NEC and managed to look through the doors in to the halls at all the nice shiny classics – and the seething masses within. That was as close as I got to the show proper as a drive back home to Huddersfield in the new 960 was calling…
Escaping the NEC before kicking out time made a wonderful change and I was soon wafting up the A42.
My previous experiences with ‘big’ cars were Rover 800s – neither top-spec or overly luxurious trim levels. So the Volvo is a bit of a change. It feels bigger, more substantial, better built (not hard, really!) and has the most kit and equipment of any ‘classic’ I’ve had before now. What is especially good about it is that all the electric goodies actually work. I doubt I’d have got that from a Rover Sterling!
Outside, it is in pretty good shape. The bumpers are scuffed on the corners as you would expect but the rest of it should polish up quite well. Inside, the beige interior is pretty horrid and needs a deep clean and scrub to make habitable.