5k: Volvette: 1991 Volvo 945 Wagon LS1 T56

LS1 T56 — with those six little letters, any car becomes interesting.  Try it.  LS1 T56 Aveo.  LS1 T56 Grand Caravan.  Yup. Anything goes from a zero to hero when you shove an all-alloy small block Chevy V8 and 6-spd manual gearbox ahead of the driving wheels.  Find this 1991 Volvo 945 Wagon LS1 T56 offered for $6,000 in Port Orange, FL via craigslist.  Tip from JPB.

You wouldn’t guess that this Volvo 945 has 190k miles on the odometer because it looks like it has missed the typical shopping cart dings and baseball dents that life throws at the average family hauler.  At least it looks good in the one external photo the seller includes…perhaps the other side looks like it has been in a 24 Hrs of Lemons race. Who knows?


Gone is the original 4-banger and in its place is a 5.7 liter V8, probably putting something from 305 to 350 horsepower into the 6-speed gearbox — perhaps a few more of the camshaft/tune/intake/exhaust are upgraded. Underhood the paint sure looks gold, so perhaps the exterior has been repainted silver, explaining the fresh look.

The interior of this car looks to have been stripped and covered in Dynamat, but the advertisement is really lacking in good photos. Seats and steering wheel look like they were plucked from a late ’80s arcade game console (Cruis’n USA? Hyperdrive? Out Run? SEGA Rally?).

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