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Paul Newman's old 1988 Volvo wagon just sold for more than a new one costs

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Someone just bought a fast family car with a famous former owner. A 1988 Volvo 740 wagon originally owned by the late actor Paul Newman has been sold on the Bring A Trailer auction website for $80,740.

That's over $20,000 more than the list price of a new Volvo wagon today. But Newman's wasn't a regular Volvo. He had the dark gray wagon modified with the turbocharged V-6 from a Buick Grand National muscle car.

It also has a Pontiac Firebird's five-speed manual transmission and suspension upgrades to improve its handling. Newman was a performance car enthusiast and a professional racing driver with a class win at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

The Rolex watch he was given for the victory was auctioned in 2017 for $17.8 million, making the Volvo look like a bargain. He liked the low-key Swedish hot rod so much he replaced it with a 1996 Volvo 960 wagon that he had upgraded with a supercharged Ford V-8.

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