The reality of building a car that can float is that it makes an interesting looking boat. Similarly, if you build a boat that can drive on the road, it’s a bit of an oddity. Of course, combine the two, and you’ve got what is neither a particularly good car, nor a particularly good boat; but it can do both, and that makes it unique. Last fall I took a look at one of these unique Amphicar 770s, a light blue swimmer that looked lovey and I joked would be what my drawing rendition of a Mercedes 280SE would look like. Today there’s another that’s about as nice as they come:
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As one who enjoys an oddball motor, I get distracted every time I see a Volvo 480ES. Sort of a hatchback with a bit of shooting brake in its profile, this car was the spiritual successor to the P1800ES of the 1970s. The 480 was an odd duck in the Volvo lineup during the 1980s and into the mid 1990s, manufactured in The Netherlands at the factory that gave us the Daf. This would be the first front-wheel drive Volvo and injected a sporty attitude into the model range at a time where the company was still designing cars with a straightedge and #2 pencil. This 480ES for sale near Hannover, Germany has under 40,000 miles on the clock, making it quite a rarity as few are left in this condition.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Volvo 480ES on eBay.de
For some amazing and unknown reason, there is a student at the university I work for who has a 6-wheeled Pinzgauer 712M. It is a refreshingly absurd choice in the mass of A4s, Jettas, and tuned BMWs. Yeah, it’s a rich kid making a crazy choice, but I appreciate the creativity.
You know what could make it even cooler? Tracks. Big-ass, go-anywhere, drive-over-Jettas tank tracks. The seller claims they cost $35k new, helping alleviate the fact that the $27k asking price is significantly higher than most of the old military vehicles we feature here. With or without them it’s going to need some love, as the interior is pretty beat. Luckily, the 4-cylinder was made to run on the lowest possible octane, meaning you could pretty much pee in the gas tank and it’d still climb a tree.
Click for more details: 1974 Pinzgauer 710M on tracks on eBay
Here’s a piece of automotive trivia for you the next time you get together with your petrolhead friends: what was the first front-wheel drive Volvo? Give up? It was this car, the 480. If you’re unfamiliar with this hatchback, you might be scratching your head at its existence. Every time I see one of these, I’m instantly reminded of the song from the children’s program Sesame Street: “which one of these things is not like the other….which one of these things just doesn’t belong?” So stark is the difference in the 480′s styling from the rest of Volvo’s lineup at the time, it can’t help but intrigue you.
We like to feature the odd Swedish car here at GCFSB, but the 480 was actually designed by Bertone and built in the Netherlands. The end result was a curious car for a manufacturer known for boxy styling and an emphasis on safety. Taking it’s rear hatch styling from the short lived P1800ES, the 480 was supposed to come to North America but was cancelled at the last minute. Introduced with a 1.7 liter inline-4, a turbocharged, 2.0 liter unit was introduced in 1988, which is what is under the hood of this 480 Turbo for sale in Regensburg, Germany.
Click for more details: 1989 Volvo 480 Turbo on Mobile.de
I’m not really sure entirely why, but I’ve got a thing for rare wheels, especially when they’re wheels you don’t often see. Such is the case with today’s accessory – ultra rare in the United States factory option winter wheels for the B5 S4. Specially offset to clear the brakes yet narrow to support thin snows, these Speedlines are some of the prettiest factory winter wheels ever made in my mind. They’re elegant and while they’re narrow and small compared to what most people want, in my mind there is something immeasurably cool about wide fender cars sitting on narrow snow tires.
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 40
Tires: Not Included
Price: $629.99 Buy It Now