Actor Paul Newman's Ride of Choice: a Customized Volvo Wagon

Paul Newman is known for many things.  He was the creator of a fantastic line of salad dressings and acted in iconic films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting, but not many Byers Volvo customers may know that the Academy Award winner actually had a passion for motor vehicles and even won several championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing.  His place in the automotive world doesn't end there; he also helped design one very special Volvo 960.

Newman's love for the Scandinavian brand was actually well-known during the 1990s.  He owned a Volvo 740 wagon in his later years, and this conservative and safe model was perfect for keeping him away from photographers and helped him to maintain a low profile and easily go about town.

While the 740 is a great vehicle, Newman needed to give it a few custom tweaks to make it his own.  He partnered up with Ross Converse of Converse Engineering, who replaced the engine with an American automaker's powerful V8, lowered the suspension, and installed larger swaybars.

Under Newman's guidance, this vehicle was transformed from a safe, reliable Volvo wagon into a stealthy powerhouse.  It's believed that the actor owned the vehicle until his death in 2008, but today, the car's location is a mystery.

Are you interested in owning your own powerful new Volvo?  We have a great selection of models at our Columbus, Ohio dealership, and we invite you to schedule a test drive today.

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