Paul Newman’s own LS-swapped Volvo V90 station wagon

Photography Courtesy RM Sotheby's

Actor/racer Paul Newman loved Volvos, especially those with big, honking American power plants in them. His race team decided to put this 1998 Volvo V90 together for Newman.

This Volvo carries a 6.0-liter Chevrolet LS2 V8 crate engine, which they paired with a four-speed automatic. Want to return the car to its original Swedish glory? No worries, the seller says the original engine comes with it.

David Letterman recalled Newman’s love for Volvos on a talk show with Jon Stewart: “Paul Newman calls up and he says, ‘Dave, I’m thinking about getting me a Volvo station wagon and I’m going to stuff a Ford 302 V8 engine into it. This engine is about the size of a small piano, so we’re going to have to push back the firewall. Do you want one?’” Despite saying Volvos are “just as ugly as homemade shoes,” Letterman took order of one and enjoyed it.

Find this 1998 Volvo V90 “Volvette” up for auction at RM Sotheby’s, with an estimated winning bid of $20,000-$25,000.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
6/2/23 9:44 a.m.

The funny thing about the estimated selling price? There are currently 11 days left in the auction and it's already reached $40,000.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/2/23 12:34 p.m.

I'm admittedly intrigued by this Paul Newman car: 1997 Legends Racing Car | High Speed: Paul Newman's Racing Legacy | RM Sotheby's (

It's only at $1000 or so now. Tempting.

BillKeksz New Reader
6/7/23 5:16 a.m.

When did the LS replace the 302? 

Never mind, shoulda read the article...

Paul Newman’s own LS-swapped Volvo V90 station wagon details

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