Sports Car Alternative: 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate Wagon – SOLD!

by | May 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

May 27th Update:  another month gone and we noticed over the weekend another fresh post for this 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate, this time with the price lowered another $50o down to $5,495. 

April 22nd Update:  Preparing for Wagon Wednesday we came across a fresh post for this 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo Estate RADwood Editor Jeff Lavery described back on March 4th.  While the new post keeps the asking price at $5,995, we noticed this time around the private seller added a number of pictures that include the underside and the door jambs to prove he’s not kidding when he says his bright red Estate is rust free. While in need of a thorough detailing, this is a great example of a 740 Turbo we’re surprised hasn’t been scooped up yet.  Good luck with the purchase!

We noticed a new listing on Craigslist in Milford, Connecticut is a claimed “all original” 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon, with a revised asking price lowered from the original ask of $5,995 down to now $5,495.  While Hagerty doesn’t offer any values for this model yet, the NADA values guide pegs the worth of such a wagon at $3,875 in “High Retail” condition, the highest tier they offer for assessing condition. The seller notes it has been garage kept and adult owned, and mileage is listed as being 140,000. I wouldn’t stress about the difference in value versus asking price; these are emerging collector cars and the price guides haven’t caught up yet. Interested parties are asked to contact the seller by email via the listing.

While Volvo had offered a turbocharged wagon prior to the 740/760 lineup, it was this generation that put the unusual combination of a high-performance station wagon into the spotlight. Volvo, like Volkswagen’s “Think Small” campaign decades prior, embarked on an ambitious advertising junket that stacked the so-called Turbo Wagon up against iconic performance cars of the era. Lotus Esprit, Porsche 944, Lamborghini Countach – you name it, there’s a good chance Volvo called it out to promote its wagon as a performance car that could haul the family and all of their stuff. The 2.3 Liter inline-four was the same engine found in the base model 760, but with a turbocharger and intercooler bolted on that was good for 160 brake horsepower. While you could get one with a five-speed manual, most were fitted with automatics, like this car is.

Hopefully, the seller’s use of the phrase all original indicates that the paint remains the same coat applied by the factory. It certainly looks sharp in photos, but the best visual tweak is those awesome “Hydra” alloy wheels that came standard on the turbo models. The seller notes it was properly serviced and “looked after,” so hopefully a thick stack of records will accompany the sale. Still, at the end of the day, it’s a Volvo from the era of overbuilt Swedish saloons and wagons, so even without records, I’d feel confident that this turbo wagon has been loved.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1990 Volvo 740 turbo intercooled estate wagon with automatic transmission. Low miles. Fully loaded all power with excellent condition leather interior. Factory correct, all original non restored condition. OEM. Matching set of rare Volvo Hydra Alloy wheels are present and accounted for with brand new tires last year.



This is one sweet wagon and a total iconic classic!

Properly serviced and lovingly looked after. Needs nothing but a new driver/new home.

740’s are getting harder and harder to find and virtually impossible in the VERY DESIRABLE turbo wagon configuration. The engines in 1990 were much stronger than the preceding years and the durability proves it. B230FT engine code. 100% reliable. 100% fun.

I do feel that these cars were way ahead of their time. It is rare to have a car that so much fun and that can carry so many passengers and luggage. These are very spacious. all while getting great gas mileage.

Adult owned and adult driven. Garaged.


This is a real ad for a really nice classic collectible Volvo turbo wagon.
Infamous red block engine that notoriously runs forever!

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