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Autotrader Find: Low-Mileage 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R

Volvo fans know all about the 850, which was the brand’s first foray into front-wheel drive — and a much more modern car for the 1990s than the boxy Volvo 240 it replaced. But many car fans don’t realize there was a high-performance version of the 850, sold from 1995 to 1997 — and here’s a great example of it: a 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R that’s traveled just 42,000 miles from new.

Although most 850 models used a 2.4-liter 5-cylinder with 170 horsepower from the car’s launch in 1993, Volvo also offered a 2.3-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder with 222 horses beginning in 1994. Then, in 1995, Volvo came out with the performance model — the T-5R. The T-5R was offered as a sedan or a wagon, though the wagon is considerably rarer. This is a sedan finished in yellow, which was one of the car’s two available colors (the other was black).

The T-5R had a few changes from the standard 850 — the colors, for one, but also a rear wing, larger wheels, alcantara seats and a slight power bump that brought things from the 850 Turbo’s 222 hp up to 240 horses. Unfortunately, all T-5R models in the United States used a 4-speed automatic, though some Canadian- (and European-) market models were equipped with three pedals.

This particular T-5R is especially nice, in a condition that’s very rare to find any longer. In addition to the low mileage, it’s also been well-kept, with a nice exterior and interior. The ad discusses the car’s maintenance and originality, and also appears to note that it’s a one-owner example, purchased new back in 1995.

If you’re interested in this T-5R, it’s offered by a private seller in West Palm Beach, Florida, for $24,900 — big money, sure, but this is likely one of the nicest T-5R models left.

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  1. Too bad about the auto only!
    So cool to see a car like this in such a distinctive color. Like the unlikely colors available for the S60R years later.

  2. Japan also got the stick shift T-5Rs.  In the next year +/- a couple months based on build date, you can in fact import one with a stick.  Make mine a yellow wagon, RHD.

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