The highly successful Volvo 760 GLE was developed and expanded to give birth to the Volvo 740 GLE in 1984. This new Volvo model was a 4-cylinder alternative to the 760.
The Volvo 740 estate car owed its immense success primarily to factors such as its sheer reliability and renowned safety levels.
Over the years, the Volvo 740 was powered by a range of different engines, mostly 4-cylinder in-line units with or without turbochargers, and there were also 6-cylinder diesel variants.
The exterior underwent a minor facelift in autumn 1988 to carry the model into the 1989 model year.
From August 1990, the Volvo 740 was made in parallel with the 940 for two years, after which the latter took over completely from the 740.
Model: 740 Sedan
Produced: 1984 -1992
Body: 4-door saloon
Engine: 4-cylinder in-line OHC 1,986 cc or 2,316 cc or 6-cylinder in-line 2,383 cc Diesel or Turbo Diesel
Transmission: 4-speed manual, 4-speed manual with electrical overdrive, 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic
Brakes: Hydraulic, disc brakes all round
Dimensions: Overall length 478.5 cm, wheelbase 277 cm.