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1986 '86 Volvo 740 GL Saloon - 2.3L / 5 Speed Manual SOLD

Not for sale - it has been sold via a Car and Classic Free Ad
Priorities changing, a new cheap daily and concentrating on my Hillman means it's up for sale again (as heartbreaking as it is) - I've done nearly 10k in this car and have so many memories in it. I have cared for this car like it was my child and will only sell it to someone who will treat it as such.

Lovely 80's barge. Amazing boxy looks, beautiful interior. Great colour. Nice OEM stripe.

Bought it from an older Gentleman in Andover, he had made the tough decision to stop driving due to his poor health and age. Drove up there and made a deal, loved it as soon as I saw it. Lovely chap and couple. He told me if I ever crashed it he would find me and floor me. Cool dude.

It has done an amazingly low amount of miles in the last 8 years or so, previous chap only used it to go and get his shopping, pick up his pension and take his wife out to dinner. The most miles it's done in a year since 2008 is 1,966. Currently on 127k.

When I purchased it (Sept '16), I had my mechanic give it a full service which included:

Spark Plugs
Ignition Leads
Diff Oil (Full flush and fresh oil)
Gearbox oil (Full flush and fresh oil)
Brake Fluid (Full flush, bleed and fresh fluid)
Coolant (Full flush and fresh coolant mix)
Engine Oil (Full flush with engine fluh and fresh oil)
Power steering fluid (Full flush and fresh fluid)
New front brake pads
Rear brakes serviced/checked

Now, my mechanic is a friend so I have no concrete proof/receipts of this - but I assure you this is what was done. Mainly as I had no idea when it was last done when I got the car and didn't fancy driving around with 20 year old fluid all over the place. Take it or leave it - I have no reason to lie. He gets the stuff for me and does it - I give him the money! You are welcome to check the condition of oil, leads, pads etc. I probably have some pictures of my phone of us doing it together somewhere.

IT HAS HAD MULTIPLE ENGINE SERVICES SINCE THEN AND A RECENT COOLANT CHANGE. It also had a new Alternator last month. Aux belts squeak a little on cold startup so could probably do with replacement.

When purchased it had the usual rust below the battery at the front of the engine bay from the battery flopping around without a clamp. On closer inspection this was a bit of a hole and was a bit rustier than I thought - so I got all of the rot cut out and brand new box sections welded in, sealed and painted. Similar story on the other side in the same place (although to less of an extent). I have pictures of the before and after for anyone interested, it's done to a good standard and will hold up for many years to come. New clamp and tray also fitted, battery stays where it should.

Another issue when I got it was that the dash lights didn't work at all - these are known for having dodgy/poorly made clusters. I purchased a doner car (an '89 wagon) that had a working dash. Swapped bits around, some soldering and swearing later - got the dash lights in the Saloon working as they should and dimming up and down as normal. I also took the heated seat elements out of the wagon and replaced the ones in the saloon that didn't work - so now you have a toasty bum too! As a bonus, the '89 seemingly had a much wider heated area than the '86 so that's a nice little upgrade.

I also sourced a new armrest/cupholder combo (quad cupholder!!) in the matching colour for the interior - way comfier as it's higher than the original tiny plastic bit and super useful. OEM Volvo, very rare. Got it from the states for around 70.

Interior is nice. Lovely colour, very period. Comfiest thing I've ever sat in. Would rather sit on that and watch TV than my sofa. The interior plastics do have some cracking along near the roof (not sure what you call it) and a little on the door cards due to the age of the car and the sun. The passenger door and drivers A pillar has the worst of this, A pillar snapped off and the passenger door requires careful care to close. Passenger electric window is also intermittent - I assume due to something in the motor shifting inside. Normally works after a few door slams.

Headlining is mint and does not sag. Previous owner said he had it professionally reupholdstered a few years ago - it's lovely. Also has some aftermarket rear privacy blinds for.....whatever you want. Not my business.

Oh, and it's a manual too which is pretty rare. It's pre-facelift so has the nice boxy designed with a ruler front end, none of that sloping nonsense of '89 onwards.

I purchased a set of 5 lovely Volvo 760 alloys to go on it, with decent tyres. Also has 70mm ClassicSwede lowering springs (200 or so..) - rides just as comfy just looks decent!

Has a straight pipe where the backbox once was due to it rotting away - sounds meaty on idle but fine on the motorway. Very nice sound. Did a 500 mile round trip in it recently with no issues.

The car is totally solid - barring some surface rust on the front wing (can't recall which side..) - I've also noticed it has two small rust patches on either side of the overhang of the boot (if that makes sense?) which is just starting - probably worth doing.

Sadly some little cretin thought it funny to snap off the ariel, so now it's a stumpy non-extending one, motor disconnected. Still works though. Will throw in a Tape > Aux as it has the original stereo.


1986 - 127k genuine miles
5 Speed manual
2.3L 4 Pot - Single Carb - AUTO CHOKE (which works a treat!)
MOT Until June '18 - had one advisory of a binding caliper which was fixed straight away
Heated front seats - beautiful period beige/tan interior in great condition
The small amount of rot beneath the battery and the other arch has been cut out, new box sections welded in, treated and painted to a good standard
All solid body and panels (apart from one front wing has some scabbing) & the small spots under the boot
Rear privacy blinds (retro feel!)
Gold with OEM stripe down the side
760 Alloys
70mm ClassicSwede Lowering Springs

1150 - Open to reasonable offers.
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Volvo
Model 740
  740 GL
Year 1986
Country UK
Region Kent
Town Lordswood
Status Private
Ref C960538

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