The Volvo 960 (1990-1998) was the last of the proper longitudinal front-engine rear-wheel-drive Volvos built on a platform that started with the 140 series way back in 1966. It wasn’t the last interesting car to come out of Volvo, but if you like your Volvos to be boxy-but-good, this is the car that’ll last past 340k miles or kilometers or whatever. Find this 1995 Volvo 960 offered for $7000 near Harvard in MA via craigslist. Tip from ME.
I knew a guy who was restoring an old Cadillac Hearse…and I don’t think he was quite right in the head. Aside from taking up a collosal percentage of the square footage in our co-op auto shop with a separate body and frame from a 60s Caddy Hearse, it was just a bit too morbid for me. So while of these next two cars the 960 Hearse version is perhaps more visually interesting, the 960 limo is the winner for me. Find this 1996 Volvo 960 Hearse and Limo offered for $13,000 (each or both, it isn’t clear from the punctuation and grammar free advertisement) in Long Island, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The 900-series platform was the final iteration of Volvos front-engine rear-drive sedan/wagon platform that started with the 140-series in 1967 (which itself was derived from the Amazon/120 platform which launched in 1956 based on the previous PV444…you see where this is going). Regardless, the V90 was the final name put on the back of a rear-wheel-drive Volvo with properly positioned drivetrain and the only logical choice if you want to shove a V8 under the hood and chew anybody’s ass from 20 to 100. This might not be the legendary third Newman-Letterman V8lvo, but it is offered for a price that isn’t insane and should be great to haul around your family. Find this 1998 Volvo V90 with LS-swap offered for $13,900 in Laguna Niguel, CA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The most famous Volvo wagon (or wagons) of all time is the V8 swapped 960 wagon that Paul Newman owned — the saga of this car was told years later by Dave Letterman and in 2014 Newman’s wagon was found in a cheap used car lot — that story was broken here on DT. All […]
How did I miss this car? How did this auction get to “reserve-not-met” without so much as a peep from the pages of Daily Turismo? Surely you guys, you tippers, bear some of the blame, but I blame myself even more for not keeping my eye on the ball. The big, quad turbocharged, hairy chested, […]
If you are allergic to the “all show and no go” ethos commonly found on modern cars, we have a sleeper Volvo 960 sedan right up your alley today. The seller has quite possibly the most understated V8 Volvo to ever grace these pages. This 960 is quite the find despite not being a wagon, […]
In 1990 Volvo launched a new platform, the 900-series, which boldly went where no Volvo had been before — boxy, rear-drive, focus on safety, 4/6 cylinder engines…oh wait…that is exactly where ALL Volvos have been since about 17 milliseconds after the big bang. This is indeed IS your grandfather’s Volvo. Find this 1996 Volvo 960 […]
What is it exactly that makes a slab sided Volvo wagon with an American V8 so cool? Try to explain to a non-car enthusiast what exactly is so special about a Volvo wagon and you will get a puzzled look or get your sanity questioned. The now famous Paul Newman and David Letterman stories have […]
Paul Newman’s Volvo 960 V8 Wagon pops up for sale every few years at some astronomical asking price with the likes of Wayne Carini waxing nostalgic about it…but if you want a Converse Engineering V8 swapped Volvo, you don’t need to be a trust fund kid, you just need patience and a good eye for […]
The original famous Paul Newman Volvo V8 swap as told by Dave Letterman did not use a fuel injected Chevy V8, instead it used Ford power. Like the Newman V8 Volvo, this one uses a Ford 5.0 V8 adapted to the Volvo body via a Converse Engineering swap kit and might not be as powerful […]