One owner, 132 miles and a surge of interest in King’s Lynn

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A 1987 Volvo 340 with only 132 miles on the clock about to go under the hammer in Lynn has driven up a storm of interest.

The car has been kept in a garage for more than quarter-of-a-century having only been on the road for a matter of weeks after it was first bought from a dealer in Essex.

The elderly man who originally bought the car gave up driving after he had a minor scrape with a bollard at his local garden centre which slightly grazed the driver’s side front wing.

The silver grey car, discovered after the man’s death, is in pristine condition and is due to be sold at Anglia Car Auctions, Beveridge Way, on Saturday, April 5.

“The car is as new – it’s still got the smell of a new car,” said director of Anglia Car Auctions, Lyn George. “It’s still got its Volvo paper mats, the original battery and under the bonnet there’s not a speck of dust.

“It’s a piece of history and that’s what makes it so valuable. It’s impossible to put a price on it. The interest in it has been phenomenal because of its original condition and provenance.”

And Rob George, also a director of Anglia Car Auctions, said: “I hate saying a car is in time warp condition, but I have never seen anything like this car before. I hope whoever buys the car will enjoy it and it should be an interesting sale.”

Despite its long stay in a garage, the 340 starts and runs, with no signs of corrosion, although items like the brakes may need attention.

The two-door car has a 1.7-litre engine which develops just 80bhp, has a 0-60mph time of 13.5 seconds and produces a top speed of 105mph. Typically this model and age of car would probably fetch around £250.

Also for sale at the same auction will be a K-reg Renault Campus 5, which had one lady owner who bought the car from new, disliked driving it, and parked it in a garage when it was just a few weeks old having only run up 202 miles.