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An exceptional Volvo 440 1.6Li with one owner and 29,812 miles from new.
Rigid steel safety cage, impact absorbing crumple zones, side impact bars, halogen headlamps, laminated windscreen, seatbelt warning indicator, glove box, front door pockets, heated front seats, heated rear window, interior courtesy light, water temperature gauge, radio cassette, rear headrests, 4 speed heater fan, clock, rear wash/wipe, high-level brake-light, bulb-blown warning system. Factory options; Metallic paint.
Finished in factory optional Volvo Paris Blue Metallic, (Code 318-1), the original paint finish has an incredible polished uniform finish, a testament to the superb quality Volvo paint and the one owner from new, garaged and exceptionally low mileage credentials. All panels are factory fitment and the underside is incredibly clean, free from repair and very original. Close scrutiny will detect nothing other than tiny insignificant markings, namely two tiny dings to the offside front wing, one to the front roof edge and one to the boot. The immaculate bumpers and trim sections are intact and free from damage and scuffs. The supplying Volvo main dealer number plates are fitted, as is the Lambda Sond grill badge and the supplying dealer rear screen sticker, which the fastidious owner even covered in tape to protect from sun damage! Altogether a remarkably well preserved modern classic Volvo.
The interior of this 440 is in near perfect condition, commensurate with the incredibly low mileage covered. The Grey Tweed cloth interior, (Code 6720), and matching carpets are spotlessly clean and free from wear. The dashboard and controls are almost as new with exception of the heater control knobs which are discoloured and the black backing behind the dash clock is crazed, a common occurrence with the 400 Series. All equipment and controls are fully functioning including the original Volvo security code radio and the heated front seats. Extremely comfortable and an exceptional example of Volvo build quality.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The original 1596cc B16F petrol engine with multi-point fuel injection offers 84bhp and feels very strong and willing whilst being remarkably quiet. The engine bay is pristine and displays factory plates, stickers and chassis stamping. The five-speed manual gearbox operates well and allows excellent progression through the range. Exceptionally reliable, comfortable and perfect for modern classic touring.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard 14in steel wheels wear the original Volvo hubcaps which are in superb condition with no kerb damage and only faint markings. The 165/70 R14 tyres have excellent tread remaining, with both rear tyres and the unused spare being the original Dunlop SP9 items. The spare wheel is housed along the original jack and wheel brace in the immaculate boot area which displays factory stickers and even owner applied stickers confirming service dates! The diagonal split dual system brakes feel assured and bring the car up to a straight and steady halt.
Registered new on 17th June 1992 by Volvo Main Dealer, C.L.Ridley & Son of East Sussex, the first and only keeper was a Mr Charles Hills who purchased the car upon retirement. Used only sparingly and strictly garaged, his everyday vehicle in recent years was a modern Citroen Berlingo and the mileage on the Volvo was kept to an incredibly low 29,812 miles. The history file contains the original PDI checklist carried about by C.L.Ridley & Son as well as welcome letters from them. The dealer suppled Volvo book pack contains the service book, all handbooks and dealership literature as well as a file of invoices. An original Volvo 440 1.6Li sales brochure is also included in the history file.
This exceptional example having covered just 29,812 miles from new with just one owner is far superior to the usual offerings and represents a beautifully preserved modern classic car.
MOT June 2019, HPI clear.
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