Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Dork
7/20/09 11:47 a.m.

Forget the Hokey-Pokey. Boost-fueled Volvo trickery, that’s what it’s all about. Nothing pokey about it.

Sure, on the outside these things look just like any other older Volvo, with their bricklike aerodynamics and a safe, sensible image. Through most of the 1980s, Volvo 740s seemed to be the vehicle of choice for dentists’ wives and soccer moms. It’s the kind of car that looks as though it came dealer-equipped with a bumper sticker reading “My Child Is an Honor Student at….”

But then there’s that badge on the back next to the bumper sticker. The one that reads “Turbo.” That’s the little honor student’s clue that he better make sure he’s tightly buckled into that big back seat and hanging on to his Star Wars action figures, because the trees are going to start whizzing by the windows real soon.

Like Samuel L. Jackson’s wallet in “Pulp Fiction,” it’s your clue that maybe it’s time to sit down and shut up.

Yes, the 740 Turbo looks like the typical staid, suburbia-bound Volvo—a fine upstanding citizen. But in its heart it’s a hellion. If it were a person, it would wear conservative navy suits, keep the lawn neatly trimmed and take great pains to religiously hide a penchant for tequila shots and Motörhead records.

It’s the sort of car that really confuses armchair sociologists who like to view a person’s car as an extension of the phallus. Jaguar E-Types they can figure out. Corvettes they’ve got nailed. What’s a fella trying to say with a Volvo wagon?

Henry Miller was long dead when Volvo introduced the 740 Turbo, but in “Tropic of Cancer” he described an erection as “light and heavy at the same time, like a piece of lead with wings on it.”

Take that, Sociology Boy.

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Streetwiseguy MegaDork
6/19/19 3:08 p.m.

745 turbo with turbo plus.  Lovely, speedy things to drive.  Can't use "pretty", though.  Too much window?  Too much 6000le?  Dunno.

Volvos.  They're boxy, but good.

Shadeux New Reader
6/19/19 3:15 p.m.

I wanted a used 850 R wagon so bad, but they were hard to find. One day I found one about three hours away from me. It had it all, reputable dealer, honest price, clean as hell. I found it on the internet, called immediately, car was still for sale so I put down a deposit to hold it.  Dealer called me back an hour later and said that a salesman had just taken another deposit before mine. I was crushed. <kicks rock>

Justjim75 HalfDork
6/20/19 12:02 p.m.

Ive had a 95 850 turbo (mid 13s at ~102), a 780 Bertone (MS2, Super 60, etc) and currently own an S70 T5 manual but the 2 series wagon has eluded me so far.  Oh, yeah, a rally wagon with a gnarly 16v turbo is next.....

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