Something Rotten in Denmark has turned up this curiosity. It’s the Volvo 960 Executive.
It’s labelled a Volvo S90, but 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. 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 Jaguar’s 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.