Is there really a Phase 2 Volvo S40/V40 T4 in Australia?
I've posted here before about possible sightings of phase 2 Volvo V40 T4's in Australia and been wrong each time. But this time I'm sure I've found one!
If you are wondering what I'm talking about, well the phase 1 T4 was available in Australia from late 1997 but according to a Volvo press release from April 2001, it was discontinued not long after the introduction of the phase 2 in late 2000.
But I happened to be Google image searching V40's recently and came across a 2002 V40 T4 with - wait for it - manual transmission! The car was listed on the Manheim auction website and was marked as sold (unfortunately for me I saw it to late to get a chance to buy it). There was no indication of when it was sold but as I couldn't find any recent sales history for V40's I guess it was not too recent, possible 2018 based on the registration expiry shown in the listing.
Fortunately, Manheim list the VIN number so I was able to confirm it really is a T4, a 2003 model year with B4204T5 engine. I'm not sure how I can check if it was Australian-delivered but I'm guessing it is based on the VIN check and the photos.
From the photos, the car looks stock except for an aftermarket double-din audio system. Condition looks really good, except for a sagging roof lining.
It has BBS wheels (not Arcadias, unfortunately) and had Western Australia number plates in the auction photos. A WA registration check shows it is still registered today and until 2021.
So it seems unicorns really do exist!