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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Car buyers would be forgiven to be a little cautious if a used car was up for sale for doing only 132 miles with one careful owner.
Drive down any country lane in Norfolk and sooner or later, you’ll have swerve to miss one coming in the other direction - usually with its headlights on in broad daylight.
The eponymous Volvo is almost as common on our country roads as the equally utilitarian tractor. Most frequently seen is the estate variant, usually complete with tweedy couple amidships and a labrador or two in the boot.
But the 340, which first rolled off the production line in 1976, also has its fans. Many of the miilion or so produced were built just over the water from Norfolk, in Holland - rather than somewhere unpronouncable where the elk roam.
It even has its own onwners’ club, whose website states the car’s luxurious driving seat makes the driver feel like king of the road.
“A journey in a 340 is an event and a pleasure in itself,” it adds.
However an immaculate Volvo 340 is going up for auction in King’s Lynn and is expected to fetch thousands.
The car was discovered in a garage after it’s elderly owner had passed away.
It hasn’t been driven since 1987, and was only driven for a few weeks.
Rob George, from Anglia Car Auctions, said: “I hate saying a car is in time warp condition, but I have never seen anything like this car before.
“I hope whoever buys the car will enjoy it, and it should be an interesting sale.”
The gentleman owner brought it brand new 27 years ago, but after little more than 100 miles he grazed the side wing after hitting the post at a garden centre.
The prang knocked his confidence so he parked it in his garage and left it there never to be driven again.
After the owner passed away in March, the car was found to be in exactly the same state from when it was left more than a quarter of a century ago.
The two-door car even has the original paper Volvo floor mats.
A Volvo 340 of this age would normally have run up more than 150,000 miles on the clock and would only be worth around £250, but there is enormous interest.
Rob George, from Anglia Car Auctions, said: “It is very difficult to put a price on a car like this.
The interior has even retained it’s new car smell.”
Under the bonnet is a 1.7 litre engine which develops a modest 80bhp, giving the model a 0-60mph time of 13.5 seconds and a top speed of 105mph.
The Volvo will be sold in King’s Lynn on April 5.