Volvo 850 Made from 1993 to 1997, this Volvo line was available in both a wagon and a sedan, both with were graced with several trim levels.

True White 96 850 R

Old 08-11-2018, 04:19 AM
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Default True White 96 850 R

Iím currently in a weird situation I purchased a 9 true 96 white R the car was built by IPD in Portland. However the body is pretty beat up (dents, scratches, front splitter is pretty beat up). I also have a 97 R that is in better cosmetic condition. Should I move parts from the 96 over? Or should I fix the problems with the 96 because it is a true white 96 R?
Old 08-11-2018, 03:45 PM
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Considering the true white car is in poor cosmetic condition, that will be the basis for the car's value not the original paint color. I'd think this would be more of an issue for something like a 63 Vette show car than a 96 850R. What you can do is talk to a top quality body shop to see about their abilities to custom mix paints such that the new parts match well to the old. Upper parts like roof, sedan trunk lids and hoods weather and fade more than doors, valences and air dams. Also ask your body shop for a quote to clean up the existing body and where they'd recommend going with a new clean part. If the car is worth a makeover, then this should give you a data point for the effort to do it right.
Old 08-12-2018, 01:36 PM
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In my opinion, money better spent on a newer R that is clean and ready to go.
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