Paul Newman Gave David Letterman a 1997 Volvo Station Wagon
And Redefined What “Resto-Mod” Could Be
Imagine you’re driving down the interstate and you see a ’97 Volvo station wagon.
You slow down and take a look at how ugly that vehicle is. It’s a mom-mobile for sure. You know you wouldn’t be caught dead in it.
But then the driver in the Volvo sees you eyeing his car with a disgusting look. He shoots a look back that says one thing and one thing only. “Want to race?”
You can’t tell yet, but this is what you’re up against:
It’s not a stock station wagon. It’s not fresh from the factory. In fact, if “Resto-Mod” could have an extreme, this would be it.
That silly little mom-mobile is packing a Ford 302 V8 engine and what Newman calls “The Puffer,” an extreme supercharger that makes this Volvo a force to be reckoned with.
But you don’t know that. You think it’s some ridiculous man in a station wagon.
You both put the pedal to the medal. He’s gone and you’re left with your jaw dropped in your lap.
Check out Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’s episode with David Letterman for a close up view of this beast.