June 25, 2024
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Hidden Treasure: Classic 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon

Volvo started selling boxy rear-wheel-drive station wagons in the United States with the 145 in the 1968 model year, continuing the trend with the 200, 700, and 900 series wagons, all the way to the very last 1998 V90s. The appeal of front-wheel-drive was irresistible to the Göteborgers, leading to the development of the 850. The 850 sedan made its debut in the United States as a 1993 model, followed by the wagon version in 1994.

The 850 wasn’t the first Volvo in production with front-wheel-drive (the 1986 Volvo 480 beat it to European showrooms), but it was the first available on our continent.

The base 1994 Volvo 850 wagon for the U.S. market featured a 2.4-liter DOHC straight-five engine rated at 168 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, but this particular car is equipped with the turbocharged version delivering 222 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

American buyers of the 1994 Volvo 850 had the option of a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, with most choosing the automatic.

This model is fully loaded with features like a power sunroof, among others, in addition to the automatic transmission, which resulted in an MSRP of $30,985 (equivalent to about $66,194 in 2024). This was slightly less than a similarly equipped 960 wagon (which had a listed price of $34,950, or $74,665 adjusted for inflation). The outdated but dependable 240 wagon had been discontinued the year before, with the 740 wagon meeting the same fate a year prior.

This car crossed the 200,000-mile mark during its time on the road, a commendable feat, though there have been abandoned Volvos reaching over 400,000 miles (and one reaching 631,999 miles).

The interior was in good condition before all the windows were smashed. Vandalism may have been the reason why this running car ended up here.

Someone took the time to jot down the security code on the factory radio.

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Conclusion

Exploring the history and features of the 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo wagon showcases Volvo’s innovation in the automotive industry. Despite reaching over 200,000 miles, this car stood the test of time before meeting its final resting place. The legacy of Volvo’s iconic wagons lives on through models like the 850, leaving a mark on enthusiasts and car lovers alike.

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