Paul Newman’s Old 1988 Volvo Station Wagon Just Sold For More Than New
Someone just bought a fast family car with a famous former owner.
A 1988 Volvo 740 wagon originally owned by the late actor Paul Newman has sold on auction website Bring A Trailer for $80,740.
That’s over $20,000 more than the list price of a new Volvo wagon today.
But Newman was no ordinary Volvo.
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He had the dark gray wagon modified with the turbocharged V-6 from a Buick Grand National muscle car.
It also has the five-speed manual transmission from a Pontiac Firebird and suspension upgrades to improve its handling.
Newman was a performance car enthusiast and professional race driver with a class win at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
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The Rolex watch given to him for the win sold at auction in 2017 for $17.8 million, making the Volvo a bargain.
He loved the low-key Swedish hot rod so much that he replaced it with a 1996 Volvo 960 station wagon that he had upgraded with a supercharged Ford V-8.
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This car was featured in an episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman, the latter being friends with Newman and owner of the car at the time.