Volvo 740 Turbo | Italeri 1:24

21 February 2023

Author | Krzysztof Szpakowski



I would like to present the final effect of work on the Volvo 740 Turbo.

In the late '80s and early '90s, in Poland, where I grew up, Fiat and FSO cars dominated the roads. Seeing a Volvo 700 series was something rare and special, and that's probably one of the reasons why I fell in love with this car. As then and today, the car stands out on the road with its uncompromising silhouette that evokes extreme emotions - for some an object of worship, for others an object of ridicule.

My concept was to create a Volvo model that would be a car for Sunday drives - normally standing in the garage as a classic. Polished and smelling fresh but with traces of use, which I translated into such details as dirty chassis, rusty exhaust or worn discs brake. The biggest stylistic change in relation to the original was the use of 18'' rims which, in my opinion, added freshness to my Volvo while keeping the elegant character of the car.

The Italeri model leaves a lot to be desired and many times I had the impression that I was making something out of nothing... The final effect exceeded my expectations, but it took me five months of work.





The list of body modifications and add-ons:

• Rims OZ type V.2 (SCO-R031)

• Tires Michelin type (SCO-R010)

• Hexagonal bolts V.5 in wheels (SCO-R017)

• Tire valves V.1 (SCO-R002)

• Central caps adapted to the rims  

• Door locks (SCO-R007)

• Changed the lock of trunk

• Modified side doors profiles
• Modified door handles
• Modified side indicators
• Modified headlights (Fiat 126p)
• Modified profiles under the headlights
• Added headlights/reflectors for rear lamps

• Additional tinting of the upper part of the windshield
• Added front license plate


The list of interior modifications and add-ons:

• Road seatbelts (SCO-R021)

• Added inner B-pillar in order to install the seatbelts
• Added floor mats at proper size and shape
• Added shifters on the steering column
• Made-up glass covering the speedometer in the dashboard
• Made-up rear seat headrests (Land Rover Defender)
• Removed rear window cranks
• Made-up Ikea box made from Ikea box :)
• Made-up Volvo 740 catalog

The list of chassis modifications and add-ons:

• Changed front disc brakes (Subaru Impreza WRC 1993)

• Changed front disc brakes (Subaru Impreza WRC 2001)
• Added steel disc brakes (Subaru Imprezy 1993)
• Lowered suspension
• Added thermal insulation of the exhaust system
• Drilled exhaust tip
• Chassis weathering






























YouTube video below.




Full workshop report of the model here | Workbench

Author | Krzysztof Szpakowski





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