eBay Find of the Week: Mmmm, boxy goodness


Few people fantasize about gray mid-80s Volvo sedans — especially the “grandpa car” 700 series. But this Volvo 760 Turbo is a clean, low-mile example that has us drooling on our keyboards. We like unmolested cars, and if you add a rebuilt original amplifier (the previous owner fixed it in order to keep the original factory stereo), we’re hooked. There are over three days left in the auction and the reserve is already met, so there must be more likeminded folks searching.

The 700 series was an updated version of the legendary 200 series and shared many mechanicals. They were staid in appearance and maintained the brand’s traditional rear-wheel-drive layout, and they, too, have solid reputations for reliability and safety, though the 2.8-liter “PRV” V-6 is oft maligned. The 760 Turbo, however, with its tried and true 2.3-liter “red block” four, was blessed with a hint of quickness (well, by 1987 standards, 0–60 mph in eight seconds was really fast) and good handling, with more luxury than their predecessors. Available as a sedan or wagon, these cars built on Volvo’s extant reputation and expanded it to include refined performance. As ubiquitous as these seemed back then (depending on your whereabouts), they are now quite rare in this condition. We suspect this 760’s new owner will have some great fun and enjoy a lot of smiles for a reasonable sum. The Prancing Moose sticker is just a tasty bonus.

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