10k: 16k Miles: 1991 Volvo 940 Turbo

The first car to leave a factory (not really a factory, more like a workman’s shed…) bearing the Volvo name was the ÖV4 — the name was an abbreviation for “Öppen Vagn 4 cylindrar” (open carriage, four cylinder).  The ÖV4, launched in 1927, used a classic longitudinal 4-cylinder engined mounted to a wooden chassis and powering the rear wheels, basic stuff that went unchanged for over 70 years.  Sure, a few extra body panels were added, seat belts, turbochargers, FM radio, but the last rear-drive Volvo to leave the Swedish assembly line was a 900-series car, the final note in a long line of ice-hoonable vehicles.  Find this 1991 Volvo 940 Turbo for sale in Riverside, RI currently bidding on ebay for $5,327 reserve-not-met with $10,900 buy-it-now.

The seller advertises this car as being previously owned by “1 fussy older owner since new.”  I’m sure the original owner (not the current seller based on how I read it) would be proud to be called fussy on his tombstone, but who doesn’t want some glorified image of the previous owner in his head.  If the seller told you some meth-heads had been living in the back and it looked this nice would it make a difference to you?  Do you really believe that the owner was “fussy?”

Under the hood is another piece of Volvo history now only seen in print – the B230FT, a 2.3 liter turbocharged and intercooled inline-4 that makes 162 horsepower.  Not exactly a barnstormer, but it will be faster than an ÖV4, and it is fitted with an automatic transmission.  This could be remedied, but do you lose the minty-clean all-original appeal if you transform it from the torque converter equipped penalty box that it is today?

The cow hide seats look surprisingly well preserved, because seats don’t need someone sitting on them to get cracked and dry, it is usually correlated more with how hot the car gets during the summertime days.  In places like Texas, even the best leather seats become beef jerky in only a few years. Not to mention leather care & conditioning – something most car owners never even think of.

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