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Volvo 760 Estate/Wagon 1985 - 1990

Volvo 760 Estate

When the Volvo 760 GLE was introduced in February 1982, it was available only as a 4-door sedan. 1985 saw the launch of the long-awaited 5-door estate car.

The 760 GLE estate car continued the tradition begun by the Volvo 265, that is to say a 6-cylinder estate car with a high equipment specification.

The 760 GLE had a modern profile with a low waistline and large glass areas. In estate car guise, the 760 featured an almost vertical tailgate - a profile which by now had become something of a hallmark of Volvo's estate cars. The new 5-door estate combined generous accommodation for passengers and luggage with an exceptionally high standard of safety.

Three engine alternatives were offered: a 2.8 litre V6, a high-performance 2.3 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged unit, and a 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel.

The 760 GLE received a substantial facelift for the 1988 model year, with an all-new front and a new instrument panel being the most noticeable features.

The Volvo 760 GLE was replaced in autumn 1990 by the Volvo 960.

Technical facts:
Prod. years: 1985 - 1990
Prod. volume: 37,445
Body style: 5-door estate
Engine: V6 OHC 2,664 cc or 2,849 cc 4-cylinder in-line OHC 2,316 cc with turbo or 6-cylinder in-line 2,383 cc Turbo Diesel
Transmission: 4-speed manual with electrical overdrive or 4-speed automatic
Brakes: Hydraulic, disc brakes all round
Dimensions: Overall length 478.5 cm/188.4" wheelbase 277 cm/109"


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