Friday, June 6, 2014

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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12 comments:

  1. Oh man, wrong side of the country or I'd swoop this up!

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    1. Meh, nothing a $300 one-way plane ticket and 48 hours straight driving can't solve. What's $300 and 2 days on the endless awesomeness of a 6 speed V8 Volvo wagon? Heck you might even be able to negotiate the cost of a plane ticket and 2 days lost wages into the buying price.

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  2. Email sent. This is a half a day drive from me and I've got a few days to kill with the kids out of school...

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    1. ~ Best of luck, Doc!! Anxious to hear more about the car & see more details.
      . Great car, wish I were flush with V8lvo buck$.

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    2. Doc, I admire your dedication to your work. Your willingness to drop everything when you get the call saying they need you back at work; you'll have the car that can get you there in a hurry. You're dedication as a parent, wanting to make sure your kids are never late to soccer again. I'm humbled sir, you are a decent, selfless man!

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  3. Check out this Volvette

    It is not mine and it is not for sale, but what an interesting build.

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    1. You've got quite a nice driveway there Rene! Snow attack mobiles, vintage and even a Pinto for the Woodward Dream Cruise!

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  4. Bonus: Is that a crown royal bag shift boot? If so, perhaps ask the seller to include the bag's former occupant.

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  5. This is super cool, I should have saved a little more of my tax return just for this kind of thing to pop up. I could even slap a 3rd row in that one to bring kids AND friends to the autox's with me!

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  6. Why does something like like this pop up before I sell a car - and it's only a couple of hours away. Damn It!

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  7. Dings, of course, could be missing since the underhood shot shares the lovely golden beige that the beast originally wore.

    Tips the hat at the correct call out for the Out Run/Crusin' USA seats.

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  8. Well, I don't know if he sold it or what. My email barrage has gone unanswered… I was really looking forward to taking the kids to basketball as opposed to soccer as well as making house calls the heck of a lot more entertaining… Wait a second, never mind. I don't do those.

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