‘Stead­fast and sen­si­ble’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - mur­ray scullion, news editor

My taste in clas­sics may run to more ex­otic and sporty clas­sics, but even I can ap­pre­ci­ate just how de­pend­able and sub­stan­tial these Volvos are. There’s a proper tank-like qual­ity to them that you can’t help but ad­mire, and the cars now have a bur­geon­ing cult fol­low­ing among those who would have shunned their mid­dle class re­spectabil­ity when they were new. They’re not just lum­ber­ing old beasts ei­ther be­cause there’s ac­tu­ally quite a bit of power avail­able to haul all that Scan­dana­vian steel around. The es­tate es­pe­cially is one of the au­to­mo­tive sym­bols of its era; un­afraid to be dif­fer­ent, tough and prac­ti­cal, and as much an em­bod­i­ment of Swe­den as ABBA, Ikea and a smörgås­bord feast. Own­ing one takes a lot of the has­sle and worry out of old car own­er­ship, and what they may lack in sex ap­peal, they make up for in being stead­fast and sen­si­ble.

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