Junkyard Gem: 1984 Volvo 760 Turbo

When it came time for Volvo to swap the growing old 200 Series (which debuted in 1974 but appeared practically identical to the mid-1960s-structure 140 it was primarily based on), the final result was the 700 Sequence. This car or truck very first strike Volvo showrooms in 1982, and the initial designs ended up all upscale 760 sedans with the similar PRV V6 engine that run the DeLorean DMC-12. The much less expensive 4-cylinder 740 appeared in North America for the 1984 design year, which didn’t quit Volvo from advertising a 760 with a turbocharged four-banger in the similar showrooms. That is what we have got for today’s Junkyard Gem, a to start with-design yr Volvo 760 Turbo in a Colorado self-assistance garden.

As it turned out, the 740/760/780 not only did not substitute the 240/260, it failed to even outlast it. 240 sales ongoing all the way as a result of 1993, even though the 760/780 and 740 obtained the axe in 1990 and 1992, respectively (to be truthful, the later on 900 Collection was primarily based on the 700 Series and was obtainable new right here till the very last 1998 S90s and V90s ended up offered).

All through the 1984 model year, American Volvo buyers could choose in between a new 240 Turbo (in two-doorway, four-doorway, and wagon varieties) or the 760 sedan with their preference of oil- or gasoline-burning turbocharged engines. Certainly, the 1980s truly have been The Turbo 10 years. For 1985, a turbocharged variation of the 740 sedan was extra to the lineup, even though that was also the remaining yr here for the 240 Turbo.

This engine is a 2.3-liter “crimson block” 4-cylinder, rated at 160 horsepower when new. That was two fewer horsepower than the a lot more angrily boosted 2.2 in the 240 Turbo that 12 months.

The 740/760 scaled in at just a handful of much more lbs . than the 240, however it seemed even larger at a look.

Supposedly you could get a U.S.-market place 760 Turbo with a four-velocity handbook transmission, but just about every case in point I have ever seen experienced the four-velocity computerized.

This one particular racked up just a little bit around 200,000 miles during its daily life. Not terrible, however I’ve identified a 740 Turbo wagon that bought near to 500,000 miles ahead of ending up in the junkyard.

The inside appears decent ample for its age, while I suspect these cloth seats changed the unique leather ones soon after the cowhide fell aside beneath the Large Plains sunshine.

It truly is tricky to get a lot more 1980s than a graphic equalizer/audio effector. 

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