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[carsales] 1997 850R - red - wagon - auto - 232,000km - $14999

jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress

Well the price is up there but I've seen a few of the nicer 850Rs moving around the 10k mark the last couple years and this is certainly a nicer one, PLUS it's a wagon.




  • 242GT242GT @242GT Wollongong NSW

    Also has a new factory motor and maintenance history which is always worth added value knowing a cars history.

  • That's quite nice. I'm usually rwd only but that triggered my spidey sense

  • Beautiful example 👍

  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.

    Like mine was....


  • That’s fkn gorgeous

  • TzantushkaTrent @Tzantushka E. suburbs - Melbourne

    Very nice example.

    And the prices keep going up

  • Hi guys, I've been pretty out of the loop on 850 R wagon pricing recently. The asking price does seem rather excessive to me, but considering the great condition of this one, new engine and the modifications etc., do you reckon it's worth what he's asking? Looking at previous sales on here, none come close to this price, but the condition of those 850's has varied.

  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.

    There were less than 100 850Rs brought to AUS , can't recall how many autos but seeing as a lot have come u that are in crappy condition you are going to find it hard or wait a long time to find a decent one.

    Therefore , this WILL sell at whatever is being asked. Asking us if its fair is pointless , we don't want to buy it

  • If you want an average car, you pay average price. If you want an exceptional car, it seems fair to me that an exceptional price be asked. This looks to be about as good an R as I have seen for sale in recent years. The history, maintenance documentation and quality of the mods all point to a high value car. Not to mention it's physical condition. If a really good condition yellow T5-R can be approaching the 20-25K mark, then 15 seems pretty fair for a car like this. Considering no yellow R wagons came into the country, a red wagon is the next best thing. At least in my opinion. Of course a manual car would be desirable.. but manual wagons, especially in red, aren't exactly the most common car around. You can always toss manual in as well, if you're that way inclined. I wanted to convert mine but I feel like the auto kind of suits the grand tourer nature of the car.

    I guess the km's on this car are a little bit high but Rs are made to be driven and in a country like this, they're generally going to have some km's on the clock. I can't say I can remember seeing many cars that have less than 200k km's. And if the car has been maintained, and especially if it's had an exchange motor the mileage is kind of irrelevant.

    I guess these cars have been pretty cheap for a while and it seems to me they are at a bit of a tipping point in value. At nearly 25 years old, they have probably bottomed out and any cars that are still standing either need alot of coin spent to bring them up to scratch. Or they have had plenty spent on them already. There was a car for sale recently that had a bill for something approaching 10 grand and they weren't asking much more. I paid 3k for my red wagon and spent somewhere between 5 and 10k bringing it up to scratch and I still have things to tick off the list.

    So again, 15k for a car that looks stunner and has all the work done seems like a deal.

    Oh yeah and there was an article in thoroughbred and classic car mag a couple of years back that suggested now was the time to pounce on these cars. That's what prompted me to jump on mine and I'm glad I did. I've wanted one since I was a kid and now I've got one. Spending money on a car you love isn't much of a chore when you get to enjoy it whenever you want. One day I might get it resprayed and retire it for fun runs but for now I'm gonna drive that biatch.

    I guess that's another question you have to ask yourself if you're considering this car.. do you want a car to stow away and savour occasionally or do you wanna ride that old lady on the regular? Mistress or wifey?

    Lovely car btw.

  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.

    The 855R Factory manual i bought back in the 90s cost me $35K with less than 70K klm on it and it was near perfect and i made it better. It got wiped out and i got less than $10K insurance. Berry Motor Group still has the tailgate.

    If i wanted an R again i would buy this even though not a wagon.

    Just a story , make of it what you will but this car is a fkn bargain.

  • 242GT242GT @242GT Wollongong NSW

    Check out the prices they sell for in japan

  • 242GT242GT @242GT Wollongong NSW
    edited January 23

    Then add all the import costs, then rego, insurance etc.

  • 242GT242GT @242GT Wollongong NSW


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