Thursday, March 1, 2018

Daily Driver: 1986 Volvo 760 Turbo

The Volvo 700 series was the last total redesign iteration of Volvo's boxy sedan platform that started with the 140 series way back in 1966.  The 740s were even powered by the B-series redblock inline-4s (which was an overhead cam replacement for the older B18/B20) and 760s were V6 or diesel inline-6 powered...or 4-banger turbo powered like this next one.  Find this 1986 Volvo 760 Turbo offered for $2500 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:
Here is an excellent opportunity to acquire a beautiful 1986 Volvo 760 Turbo Intercooler that has been well maintained and cared for. I am the Second Owner. I have owned the car for the past 20 of its 32 years, approximately. She has been a Daily Driver all her life. She has been regularly serviced at a reputable Volvo Specialist in Mountain View, CA during the past 20 years. She is all stock except for the following upgrades: IPD Sport Suspension Kit, Wheels, Tires and Stereo. 

The car is a local San Francisco Bay Area Native. She is straight with no rust to the best of my knowledge. She has Lots of New and/or Newer Parts: STARTER 09/27/2017, TIRES 08/25/2017 at 260,770 Miles, TIMING BELT, TENSIONERS, WATER PUMP, THERMOSTAT, BELTS 07/08/2017 at 259,288 Miles, CATALYTIC CONVERTER 06/10/2017, TIRE RODS and ENDS 12/26/2016, REAR ROTORS and PADS 09/20/2016, FRONT ROTORS, PADS and BREAK LINES (4) 05/26/2016, etc.

PLEASE RESPECT YOUR TIME AND MINE: Serious Buyers Only, No Low Ballers, No Tire Kickers, No Joyrides, No Trades, No Payment Plans. 

Please include your Name and Phone Number with Area Code for a Response. 


Thank You! 

See a better way to drive turbo?


  1. He put 4 new break lines on it???

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    1. I'm not sure what a break line is, but apparently it has its own dance:

      The Break Line Dance

  3. Enough about bad spelling.... this Volvo is really clean. Being from the land of the Salt Monster, it amazes me to see a high-miles car in this kind of condition. Even under the hood looks great. This guy/gal took good care of it. And I suppose 300K miles is just nicely broken in for some Volvos. Do the turbos live long, like the normally-aspirated versions? Also, I was not aware of the OHC evolution of the Volvo B-series engine. Are those as long-lived as the original pushrod versions?

    1. @bobinott: yes, the turbos live long (100K+) and yes, the OHC "redblocks" are legendary for their longevity and ability to be "built." Some turbo kits can claim 300 hp, depending on level of boost. I'd suggest you might check out up in Oregon - they're an aftermarket supplier for classic Volvos, and they've done some racing in these cars - 242s in particular. Lots of info.

  4. Man I sure miss my 740 turbo wagon. I even had the same Borbet wheels after the expense of feeding the OEM Volvo turbo wheels to NYC potholes got to be too much. Ridiculous boost was just a matter of applying wrench to wastegate.

    "TIRE RODS"?


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