1989 Volvo 740GL


  • Distinctive and stylish classic Volvo saloon 
  • Very good condition throughout
  • Low mileage car
  • Perfect distinctive daily or FoTU candidate 

The Appeal

The 7-Series Volvo was a very new type of Volvo, but one imbued with some classic cues.  It was the first big, new Volvo saloon since the 60s.  The styling was informed by transatlantic themes and the technology was up there with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but at root this was the same solid, comfy and safe Volvo buyers expected.  

Once a very common sight on British roads, survivors are now very rare.  Many of those  are estates that are still in service as load luggers, very few are like this low mileage example. 

Its remarkable, very original condition is an opportunity to relish the bold and boxy style of these great cars.  It is pleasingly unmodified and, thanks to caring owners and legendary build quality, arrives on the market surely not much changed from the day it left the showroom.  There are barely any signs of use.  

This great car will surely attract marque enthusiasts.  But its appeal is undoubtedly wider, whether as a great example of 'unexceptional' 80s cars or as a distinctive daily driver.  Whichever future awaits, we wish it well on its journey.  

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 1st August 1989 
  • Five registered keepers from new 
  • Current keeper acquired the car on 4th January 2021 
  • V5 present and correct in vendor's name 
  • Owners book 
  • Service stamps up to 43,000 miles

The Condition

  • Very well preserved car inside and out with few signs of wear
  • Unmodified and apparently unrestored car in original condition 
  • Well-preserved grey wool interior
  • Very well kept interior with cloth 'herring bone' seats showing little wear 
  • Headlining in good condition and black carpeting presents very well 
  • Dashboard and dials all in very good condition
  • All controls and electrical items in working order
  • Silver paintwork in good condition with a few minor blemishes 
  • All four alloy wheels in very good condition 
  • Trim, light lenses and badges all present well
  • Exterior trim and brightwork well-maintained
  • Tyres in good condition with lots of tread

The Mechanics

  • Fuel-injected 1,986cc petrol engine with manual transmission 
  • Engine and engine bay present very well 
  • The keeper reports that the car drives very well
  • Starts easily and idles well
  • Mechanical aspects of the car appear to be in good condition 
  • The keeper informs us that he has fitted a new timing belt recently
  • Underside of the car presents well
  • Battery slowly discharges over three days or so if left connected


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Volvo
  • Model 740
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 64,120 Miles
  • Engine size 1986
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Winchester
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
15 bids from 4 bidders
  • Co•••• £4,000 23/04/24
  • ra•••• £3,800 23/04/24
  • Co•••• £3,500 23/04/24
  • ra•••• £3,400 23/04/24
  • Co•••• £3,100 23/04/24
  • ra•••• £3,000 23/04/24
  • Co•••• £2,700 23/04/24
  • ra•••• £2,600 23/04/24
  • Co•••• £2,300 23/04/24
  • ra•••• £2,200 23/04/24
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