About the car
As a rear wheel drive, the 740 has a rigid rear axle. This makes it a particularly robust vehicle but with less grip than a car with independent rear wheels. Much was written about the 740 when it was first released in Europe because of its very unusual styling, but over 1.2 million were sold in the 740-760 versions.
The Station Wagon version, with very generous interior dimensions, is the vehicle of choice for second-hand dealers.
Volvo 740 engines are renowned for their reliability, and it is not uncommon to find vehicles with more than 500,000 km on the clock. The 740 has also innovated in a treatment of the metal sheets that protects them from any trace of rust, which was not yet the case for the competition in the years 1985-90. So, the 740 GL is a model of this.
About the Brand
Volvo Cars, based in Sweden, is a car brand and subsidiary of the Chinese automotive group Geely which was founded in 1927.
Primarily owned by Swedish car, truck and machinery conglomerate AB Volvo, AB Volvo’s consumer car business was owned by the Ford Group (a Dearborn-based U.S. automaker) for 11 years before being acquired by the Geely Group in 2010. This acquisition facilitates the Chinese company’s entry into the European market. Moreover, in 2015, Volvo cars sold more than half a million cars for the first time in its history.
About the Manufacturer
Minichamps, a German miniature brand based in the city of Aachen, was founded in 1990 under the name Paul’s Model Art, but it was not until 1996 that the company was renamed Minichamps. It offers a wide variety of replicas in different scales, but its Formula 1 cars are predominantly sold in 1/18 or 1/43 scale.
Currently owning models from all the world’s major car manufacturers, as well as several types of racing cars and sports teams, the Minichamps range is known as one of the most extensive in the industry. Offering the widest range of products of any model car manufacturer, in fact Minichamps is a genuine game changer in the industry.