Something Rotten in Denmark has turned up this curiosity: it´s labelled as a Volvo S90, but is being sold as a 1991 960. And it has the c-pillar treatment of the Volvo stretch limousine but appears to be at best, just a long-wheelbase version of the car. It´s the Volvo 960 Executive.
I found this car for sale at Vallensæk Bil Centre, somewhere south of Copenhagen. It´s for sale without an MOT for 9,900 kr. I wrote to ask if it could be purchased with an MOT and the answer was no. That means whatever is wrong with it is so severe, there´s no chance of getting the money back. Maybe to get a certificate it needs more than labour, some costly spare parts so a likely price is, say, 60,000 when its value is nearer 30,000. In comparison, a 1978 Mercedes 230E is for sale at the same dealer for 10,000 kr without an MOT and 20,000 with an MOT. That´s about £1,000 and £2,000 respectively.
The dealer has no idea what he is selling either. It took a bit of research (ten minutes) but I found a photo of a 1991 Volvo 960 Executive brochure for sale on eBay giving a clue. This model is distinguished from the ordinary Volvo 960 by having its last side window replaced by a thicker and simpler c-pillar. This same treatment is used on a very few of the stretched limousines beloved of the carriage trade. I am in doubt about the wooden inserts in the doors. They could be an after-market detail. All you´d have to do is cut some veneer and replace the carpet that normally occupies the recess.
Notice that the car has an S90 badge on it. Its logbook says it´s a 960. The 900 wasn´t renamed the S-series until late in the decade. The video here shows the 1995 car which has a distinctively different side-glass compared to the thing on sale here. Notice also the door casings in the film which are also definitely late model S90. The wood-effect plastic is a great detail. You can see it demonstrated in this nice promotional film.
If Vallensbæk Biler were to get their act together and did a bit of research, they would realise this is actually a collector´s car. Only they know what´s wrong with it. For anyone else barring a mechanic to put down 10,000 for this is too much of a risk. This is a bit of a pity as a long-wheelbase Volvo with a V6 is a super way to have the Cadillac experience without the shame of owning a Cadillac.
There are not so many cars in this class, middle-market long-wheelbase, OEM vehicles. Volvo did this work itself so presumably it’s more robust than something cobbled together by a coachworks. Apart from Jaguars LWB XJ40, and Renault´s LWB 25 (also a V6) I can´t think of any others before we go all the way back to Citroen´s CX Prestige and the Heuillez 604. At the moment my own car is off the road and I am ready to be tempted into a set of cheap and absurd wheels. A long-wheelbase Volvo would have been just the ticket.
I have written to the dealer to tell him what he has on his hands and I will keep you posted.