Paul Newman-modified 1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon up for public sale


The late actor and race automotive driver Paul Newman had a factor for modified Volvo wagons, and a kind of automobiles is now up for public sale on Carry a Trailer.

The automotive in query is a 1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon with an engine that originated in Flint, Michigan, not Gothenburg, Sweden. It is the turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 from a Buick Grand Nationwide, and it drives the rear wheels by a 5-speed guide transmission sourced from a Pontiac Firebird.

Ex-Paul Newman 1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon (photo via Bring a Trailer)

Ex-Paul Newman 1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon (picture by way of Carry a Trailer)

The engine swap was executed in 1988 by HESCO Engineering of Birmingham, Alabama, in response to the public sale itemizing. That firm was run by Lee Hurley, who constructed engines for NASCAR stars Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, and Neil Bonnet, the vendor provides in a touch upon the itemizing. Different modifications reportedly embody an engine tuning chip, an electrical cooling fan, a bigger oil cooler, and a customized exhaust system, whereas a subsequent proprietor reportedly added a brand new air consumption and a Bosch gasoline pump.

The outside has some delicate modifications as nicely, together with a physique package, 16-inch Gemini wheels, and reducing springs. The black leather-based inside additionally has a Sony CD participant—the most recent in-car audio know-how in 1988—and an eight-speaker sound system.

Ex-Paul Newman 1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon (photo via Bring a Trailer)

Ex-Paul Newman 1988 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon (picture by way of Carry a Trailer)

Newman owned the Volvo from 1988 to 1998 and put simply over 59,000 miles on it, in response to the vendor, who claims it now has 76,000 miles. It is being supplied with a clear Illinois title within the vendor’s identify, plus a photocopy of a Connecticut title in Newman’s identify to show the actor’s possession.

Whereas principally related to Datsun/Nissan in racing, Newman owned a number of modified Volvos. After this automotive was constructed, Newman commissioned three extra Volvo wagons, this time with supercharged Ford V-8s, in response to the vendor. He even satisfied David Letterman to get his personal supercharged V-8 Volvo 960 wagon, which appeared on an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Vehicles Getting Espresso.”

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