Volvo started offering squared-off, rear-drive-equipped sedans and wagons here starting with the 140 in the 1968 model year, and continued selling those safe and practical bricks all the method through 1998. The really last Swedish Brick models sold brand-new in the United States were the 960 sedans and wagons, badged respectively as the S90 and V90 during the last couple of years here. We’ve seen one of those V90s in this series, and now it’s time for its corresponding sibling. I found this very clean ’98 S90 in a Silicon Valley lawn last December. It harms to see a well-cared-for European luxury sedan get this close to 200,000 miles and not rather make it. The only body damage I might discover appeared to have been inflicted after this cars and truck entered the used-parts environment. There’s not the smallest tip of rust, naturally; this car reveals every indication of having actually spent
its whole life in California. The interior is simply beautiful, too. This is almost certainly a one-or two-owner car that got every upkeep item done on the dot and invested its downtime parked out of the sun
in a garage. Dig this top-shelf
AM/FM/cassette/ CD player with remote disc changer, a $485 choice in the 1998 S90(about$850 in 2022 dollars). The MSRP on the vehicle itself began at $34,300(around$60,200 now ).
So, why is this vehicle in the junkyard? My guess is that some major element(e.g., engine, transmission, differential)failed and a fast comparison between real-world resale worth and expense of repair led to a call to
Select Your Part. High-end European equipment isn’t cheap to fix, and 25-year-old Volvos aren’t worth much. While a little but significant portion of American purchasers of the 140, 240 and 740 preferred vehicles with 3 pedals, that fraction had actually shrunk to insignificance by the late 1990s. A four-speed automatic was the only transmission offered in the final-year S90 and V90 here(Europeans might get a manual variation). Surprisingly, Volvo stuck with the old three-digit numbering system(initially digit shows series, 2nd digit suggests variety of engine cylinders, 3rd digit indicates number of doors)for internal company use,
decades after dropping it on customer-facing surface areas. This car was a 964 in Göteborg. Volvo brought back the S90 name for the 2017 design year, and you can purchase a new one today, however it’s neither rear-wheel-drive nor brick-shaped. Sure, the 21st-century S90 is much faster, safer, more effective, and packed with better electronic devices than the 20th-century version, however is that enough? Wait, is that a Saab flying beside the 960 in this commercial