This is what it takes to turn one of the more handsome saloons of the past decade or so into an anonymous slab: matte black paint.
Volvo didn’t offer this car with the asphalt option. The owner actively decided they wanted to smear their lovely Swedish saloon with this drab coating. There’s a reason matte paint is not typically offered by OEMs. The highlights, worked over to the last 0.005 mm, disappear and the forms are flattended. Towards what end?
The usual victims of this special treatment are decade old BMW 5 series cars and again the lovely surfacing is made invisible to give an already quiet aggressive-looking car an even more sinister demeanour. With the Swede the effect is even more unwelcome as the S80 was not intended to look mean but handsome and elegant. The resultant car has become a dreary block of rolling gloom, fit for the background of an advertisement for some other car.
I expect this example has one or two more rounds of vehicle inspection before it rolls off to the scrap yard as there are few takers for a big, comfy and costly saloon that is so disfigured.