10k: LT1 Powered: 1990ish Volvo 740 Wagon

Many of the V8 powered Volvo wagons you find are low budget form follows function burnout machines that have Humboldt State University stickers patching up rust holes, but this next one is really nice looking…well…nice looking for a boxy Swedish wagon.  Find this 1990ish Volvo 740 Wagon with LT1 V8 and 6 speed manual gearbox offered for $12,000 via V8volvos.com classifieds.   Tip from Matt.

The Volvo 740 series is the least sporty or
interesting of the ’90s Volvo lineup, but at least it retained
rear-wheel-drive, which was lost in the subsequent 850 series.  The wagon version was the favorite of soccer moms and people with dogs, but it has become cult classic with a large following of Volvo nerds around the world.

Pop the hood and you’ll see the 5.7 liter V8 borrowed from a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro mated to a Tremec T56 6-speed manual gearbox.  Expect 329 horsepower and 359 ft-lbs of torque to offer a considerable upgrade from the stock powertrain — turbo or not.  

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