Wednesday, December 31, 2014

5k: Oddity: 1987 Volvo 780 Bertone Coupe

This next feature comes courtesy of a tip from Andy L who writes:   I like it, even though it reminds me of a 2-door Chevy Celebrity and a Maserati Bi-turbo.  Driving up a hill.  It probably performs about as well too!!  Find this 1987 Volvo 780 Bertone Coupe offered here on eBay for $7,500 buy-it-now with a few hours to go, located in Long Island City, NY.


The Volvo 780 Coupe (1986-1990) was a 2-door Bertone styled personal luxury coupe in the spirit of the original 262C (1977-1981).  The 780 Coupe was also assembled in Turin, Italy at the Carrozzeria Bertone factory, but the top was not covered in vinyl like its predecessor.  The roof was also mildly chopped give a sporty greenhouse, but not as extreme as the 262C.  It was a lesson in restraint taught by the reaction to the 262C, but sales we still limited at around 8,500 for the world (5700 USA), probably due to the $35k price tag in 1987.



This 780 is equipped with the 2.8 liter V6 called the B280F in Volvo-speak, but it was part of the PRV6 family of shared engines between Peugeot, Renault and Volvo -- and most notably used in the DeLorean DMC-12.  This version is mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox and out to a live axle in the back. 


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11 comments:

  1. These coupes shared their rear suspensions with the 760 wagons, which meant Nivomat (self-leveling) shocks. Looks not so much that the nose is high but that the tail is draggin.' A pair of new Nivomats are close to $1000, and if those 176k miles were done around the seller's New York, there'll probably be other suspension issues you'll need to deal with.

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  2. I have a 1991 "Coupe". 91k on the clock; Red Block w/turbo+, IRS w/ locker and sheet metal made from unobtainium. Nivos can be had for a lot less w/due diligence. B280F is a true POS. Good luck finding a competent tech. Looks like a decent parts car for about $1500.00

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  3. $7500 for a V6 780 with over 170k on the clock and $1k worth of suspension work needed. Last 780 I bought was a B230FT with 70k miles for $2000 about 5 years ago. Last I checked, these things aren't appreciating yet.

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  4. ha! - nice badge hack, v - leaning tower of Göteborg

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  5. ~ I bought a $750 example for an LS3, 6spd swap. It sits untouched. Never cared for the interior materials or pattern.

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    1. I agree re: the dash and door cards... there's really nothing good about those materials. Even as far as 80's cars are concerned, there's no excuse for a $20k+ car (in 1987) to look worse inside than a Yugo.

      Seats however... made an office chair out of one from my ice racer and it was the most comfortable (and heavy) I ever had. The Swedes know how to make comfortable seats.

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  6. Andy - we have actually featured two of these in the past.

    My favorite was this 5-spd manual swapped one in Modesto. I should have bought it.

    http://www.dailyturismo.com/2013/08/5k-1991-volvo-780-bertone-turbo-5-spd.html

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    1. I jest, but I do like how these look. Worthy of a better performance package.

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  8. A lot of automakers rode into the box canyon of Le Corbusier (or perhaps, in Volvo's case, Lego) school of interior design in the '80s.

    The Brits got there in the '70s, the Aston Lagonda, the Range Rover and SD1/3500 come to mind, but for some reason others thought it worth emulating. The FWD '80s GM intermediates were by far the worst, but it even damaged vehicles as varied as the MR2 and the Lotus Carlton/Omega.

    Volvo and some elements of GM (notably the trucks) kept at it into the '90s. Still, nowhere near as bad as these late-model weirdball Asian things with bits of dash scattered all over like the Civic.

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  9. I got my nivomats for my 91 780 for $600 Canadian. I believe they are all made by the same German manufacturer. Also, I am not sure but I do not think the B280 models had IRS. But the 87 had a live axle for sure. The bad selling point is the engine, it is a dog!!

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