Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

When it came time for Volvo to replace the old 200 Series (which debuted in 1974 but looked almost identical to the mid-1960s design 140 it was based on), the result was the 700 Series. first appeared in Volvo showrooms in 1982 and the initial models were all 760 luxury sedans with the same PRV V6 engine that powered the DeLorean DMC-12. The cheapest four-cylinder 740 appeared in North America for the 1984 model year, which did not stop Volvo from selling a 760 with a four-cylinder turbo in the same showrooms. That’s what we have for today’s Junkyard Gem, a first model year Volvo 760 Turbo on a self-service yard in Colorado.

As it turned out, the 740/760/780 not only didn’t replace the 240/260, it didn’t either survived it. Sales of the 240 continued through 1993, while the 760/780 and 740 got the ax in 1990 and 1992 respectively (to be fair, the later 900 Series was based on the 700 Series and was available new here until ‘last 1998 S90 and V90 were sold).

During the 1984 model year, American Volvo buyers could choose between a new 240 Turbo (in two-door, four-door and station wagon forms) or the 760 sedan with their choice of turbocharged petrol or oil engines. Yes, the ’80s really were The Turbo Decade. For 1985, a turbocharged version of the 740 sedan was added to the lineup, although that was also the last year here for the 240 Turbo.

This engine is a 2.3-liter “red block” four-cylinder, rated at 160 horsepower from new. That year, it was two horsepower less than the most rabidly boosted 2.2 in the 240 Turbo.

However, the 740/760 has gained a few pounds more than the 240 It seemed bigger at a glance.

Presumably you could get a US-market 760 Turbo with a four-speed manual transmission, but every example I’ve ever seen had the four-speed automatic.

This has accumulated just over 200,000 miles during its lifetime. Not bad, although I did find a 740 Turbo wagon that came close 500,000 miles to landfill.

The interior looks decent enough for its age, although I suspect these fabric seats replaced the original leather ones after the cowhide fell apart in the High Plains sun.

It’s hard to get more 80s than a graphic equalizer / sound effect.

From zero to 55 in 7 seconds flat!

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