Paul Newman's true passion was racing, celebrity photographer says
Attention, movie fans; you can now own Newman's own Volvo.
A 1988 Volvo 740 once-owned by legendary actor Paul Newman has been listed for sale on the Bring A Trailer auction website.
However, the dark gray wagon is far from your average grocery-getter.
Newman was an avid racing driver and his penchant for performance extended to his street cars.
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Paul Newman had this 1988 Volvo modified with a Buick engine. (ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images and Bring A Trailer)
The star of the Indianapolis 500-centered film "Winning" had the Volvo modified with some American muscle.
The turbocharged V6 is from a Buick Grand National. (Bring A Trailer)
The car's original engine has been replaced with the turbocharged V6 from a Buick Grand National, which was one of the most powerful engines of the era with a then-impressive 245 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque.
The car also features an updated performance suspension. (Bring A Trailer)
Newman's car is likely more powerful than that, as it was tuned by HESCO Engineering of Birmingham, Alabama, with a performance computer chip for the engine, a custom exhaust and other updates.
A turbocharger cover was fashioned in the style of the one from the Buick GNX. (GM)
A cover for the turbo was fabricated to replicate the one from the rare Grand National-based GNX, but with Volvo branding.
The Volvo uses the five-speed manual transmission from a Pontiac Firebird. (Bring A Trailer)
The outfit also installed a five-speed manual transmission from a Pontiac Firebird to send the power to the rear wheels, lowered the suspension and added an aerodynamic body kit.
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The car is loaded with amenities including leather upholstery, heated seats and a third row of jump seats and has an indicated 76,000 miles on the odometer.
A set of rear-facing jump seats turns the car into a seven-passenger vehicle. (Bring A Trailer)
It is not the only one like it Newman owned. A 1995 Volvo 960 he had built with a supercharged Ford V8, that was later owned by talk show host and IndyCar team owner David Letterman, was featured on an episode of Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
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Bring A Trailer does not offer estimated values for the cars it puts up for auction, and this one is too unique to even offer a good guess at what it's worth, but the bidding is open until March 17 when the answer will be revealed.
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