The 850 has many fans, it represents the Volvo brand like no other model. Jan Wilsgaard's design is timeless and ages with dignity, if at all. Otto Mobile has now announced a 1:18 miniature of the Volvo 850 T5-R. The top model of the series, which was originally supposed to come onto the market as the 850 Plus 5.
Volvo 850 T5-R from Otto Mobile
The 850 was the big hit at Volvo and there is always a bit of Trollhättan in it. Parts of the team that put the 9000 on its wheels then switched to the bigger brand in Gothenburg. At Saab, they had to nibble on the 850 and its qualities tremendously. I still like the Volvo today. Its design is Scandinavian strict and makes it unmistakable. The in-line engine with the five cylinders conjures up a nice sound, and the T5-R really gets going.
The T5-R is something of the answer to the 9000 Aero. Its turbo pushes 225 hp and 330 Nm from the 2,3 liter engine. With overboost it even gets 240 hp. A package made of Swedish steel that is fun. The 850 T5-R is loved by fans and some of it is sold dearly. Because prices have only gone one way in recent years. That led steadily upwards.
Otto Mobile, model car specialist for miniatures on a scale of 1:18, has announced the Volvo 850 T5-R for June 2021. The French provider's sales model is special, but very successful. Otto Mobile always produces limited editions that are only available for a short period of time. Often the entire contingent is already sold in the pre-order phase, traditional specialist retailers are left out.
Speculation and Limitation
But the prices are comparatively low. Unfortunately, it is not manufactured in France, but in its own factory in China. The quality offered is good, the models are often limited to a maximum of 2 units per customer, which has led to an interesting development.
Sold out miniatures can usually be found on the well-known platforms with a hefty surcharge, and the specialist trade also plays a role here. A little speculation for model car enthusiasts that should almost always work. The miniature of the Saab 900, which was reissued last year, is more than 100% above the price at the time, and an even higher premium is often requested.
The order books for the Volvo 850 T5-R opens manufacturers in April, a quick order history is certain. Another highlight this year for fans of Swedish driving culture.