Volvo 480 Turbo 1:43 scale model £29.99

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Richard Gunn ❚ www.lob­s­ter­

The wedge-shaped Volvo 480 was an od­dball of 1980s mo­tor­ing with pop-up head­lamps and a large glass tail­gate to link it with its spir­i­tual 1800ES pre­de­ces­sor. Some­what over­looked now, they’re still rather en­ter­tain­ing, with their elec­tronic in­stru­ments, Lo­tust­weaked sus­pen­sion and en­gines breathed upon by Porsche.

This Triple 9 Col­lec­tion ef­fort from Lob­ster Diecast is part of a world­wide run of 600 cars – prob­a­bly more than there are ac­tual sur­vivors. The bright red 1987 Turbo’s rak­ish shovel shape looks spot-on and trou­ble has ob­vi­ously been taken on the de­tails, right down to the al­loy wheels, two-tone door mir­rors and locks set into the door pil­lars. The let­ter­ing is crisp, read­able and in the right fonts and those who like the finer points in life will ap­pre­ci­ate the slen­der front and rear wind­screen wipers and rear win­dow heater ma­trix. The qual­ity of the paint is prob­a­bly as good as Volvo achieved on the ac­tual cars and the cabin looks largely cor­rect. A lovely model, well worth the price.

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