Reader Ad: 1990 Volvo 740 V8 Wagon

Update 9/13/2018 – We just heard from Michael and the Volvo has sold! Hopefully, the new owner will keep us updated on their V8 Volvo adventures.
It might look like a regular old Volvo wagon, but under the hood isn’t the typical inline 4 that you’d expect to find there. Instead, it’s powered by a Ford 5.0 V8! The swap was done about 10 years ago and looks nicely done. Outside of the Ford Cobra badging on the engine, you could almost believe this car left Sweden with this engine. Reader Michael S has decided to part ways with this cool grocery hauler, so if you’re interested it can be found in Louisville, Kentucky with an asking price of $4,500. You can contact him via the link below.

What Makes It Special? It’s the Coolest grocery getter on the block! 1990 740 Wagon with a Ford 5.0 conversion T5 5-speed. The conversion was done in New England approx. 10 years ago. Has an original looking Volvo shifter with 4-wheel disc brakes. It runs and drives very strong.

Body Condition: Gray exterior/Black interior
The interior dash has your typical Volvo cracks
Front seats need attention
Back seats, headliner, carpet are in very good condition.
Roof paint is cloudy
All power windows and power sunroof
Tinted windows.
Kenwood Stereo USB CD
Rear import wing

Mechanical Condition: Ford EFI 5.0 T5 5-speed with original looking Volvo shifter
SS JEB exhaust headers
K&N air filter
IPD front and rear sway bars
Ford Motorsport high performance wires
New front struts

Seller’s Listing: Here on craigslist

We wish this one was closer to Idaho, as we would be on our way to buy it right now! There is just something incredibly cool about cramming an American V8 into one of these Volvo wagons. If you have a cool sleeper that needs a new home, please consider listing it here on Barn Finds!

  • Asking Price: $4,500
  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mileage: 220,000
  • Title Status: Clean
  • VIN: YV1FA8751L2249241

List your car here on Barn Finds for only $50!


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  1. hatofpork

    Does it have a puffer?

    • PaulG

      I get the David Letterman reference…RIP Paul Newman.
      That said, this should have been sold for full price day 1 of the craigslist ad. Am I missing something??

  2. Max

    I was Never a Volvo fan but as classic collector now I would very much like to add a 1978 Volvo 262C Bertone to my collection !

  3. Mr. TKD

    I wish I could. I love it!

  4. Andre

    Awesome car.

  5. Farhvergnugen

    And to think I was just in Loolville on Friday. Dag nabbit.

  6. redwagon

    this one is worth all the jacksons.

  7. JimBot

    How has this not been sold? If I didn’t have my own wagon to sell I would be on this. Wow. GLWS seller! Don’t lower your price it’s worth every penny and probably more.

  8. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

    I daily drive a 740 Turbo wagon and was seriously considering this one. Too bad it isn’t a little closer!

    • Chebby Member

      Come on man, it’s 29 hours, 7 states and a whole lot of great site content!

  9. Mark

    The 220k miles may be holding peeps back… good deal anyway..

    • Miguel

      Obviously that is not the mileage on the drivetrain, so I don’t see why that would matter in the sale.

  10. Phillip Parmelee

    Much faster ride than my ’91 red block w/o turbo automatic. :)

  11. Buzzard

    The phone number is bogus according to Verizon. .. And you’re right .. It would’ve been gone in a day or less…if it sounds too good to be true …

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      This was a paid ad so I doubt it’s fake.

    • Buzzard

      You are correct ! My bad is a real ad and I did hear from the seller who has reached an agreement with another party . Sadly..he saw my number in his non existent phone and called me back . Sorry to jump the gun but when the Verizon lady came on to tell me the number didn’t exist or whatever.. Well know the rest .Barn finds is a Goid site and getting better all the time. THANKS

  12. V8745T

    Converted our 1989 740 wagon back in 2005- same 5.0/HO drivetrain, except AOD automatic. 327k miles and counting! Fun, practical, and FUN

  13. chad

    ‘flyin brick’ usually goes sbc. Wish it wuz the coyote w/that T5…
    IPD the ‘everything else’ & have a niceun.
    Got my 300K mi Wolwo seats (frm the 850) into my ’66 Bronk now.
    Most comfy I’ve ever had, any vehicle. 740’n 240 were some of the
    most durable trouble free vehicles I ever had. The Coyote (w/suspension,
    other mods) would B incredible.

  14. Wayne

    I had a Volvo 265 wagon that I installed a 5.0 and AOD from a Mustang in it. It was almost a bolt in operation. The original V6 sat so far forward that when the 5.0 was installed, the front end sat 2″ higher than stock. Until the IPD springs were installed on all 4 corners. My son came home from being born in the hospital in that car . (1992) Great car, lots of fun dusting embarrassed BMW drivers. I finally sold it when it was in need of it’s 3rd rear differential.

  15. Volvoguy89

    Wonder who the lucky party was that he came to an agreement with is….

  16. Jim Gilot

    I saw an episode of Chasing Classic Cars on the Velosity channel that showed a nice Volvo wagon like this that was dark green with all Ford power and set up special for the owner. They said it was very fast. It belonged to the actor, race car driver Paul Newman. Wayne bought it with all the paperwork .

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