1990 VOLVO 780 BERTONE TURBO COUPE

Price: - Item location: Florissant, Missouri, United States
  • Make: Volvo
  • Model: 780
  • Type: Coupe
  • Year: 1990
  • Mileage: 300000
  • VIN: yv1ha8723ld009272
  • Color: Black
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Gray
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
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Description:

1990 Volvo 780

RARE 1990 VOLVO 78) BERTONE COUPE - limited production Bertone was made in Italy by famed designer Bertone.
This car was a dependable high mileage daily driver until about 5 years ago when it got parked due to a fuel issue. I dont think fuel is getting pumped out of the tank - might just be a problem with the fuel lines or might need new fuel pumps - but it got parked and has just sat ever since. Just tested it and it starts and runs momentarily on starting fluid. Interior is in decent shape - some wear and some split seams in upholstery but very usable. Paint is rough - clearcoat peeled away/mostly gone on hood roof and trunk. Pass side has some body damage to fender and door- not too bad - looks like it got too close to a parking bollard - it was there before I bought the car 10+ years ago. Original radio/audio system is no longer there - has a vintage alpine tape deck installed - speakers are all junk I'm sure. Expect all the problems with electrical contacts, etc that are likely for a car that has been sitting for 5 years. Engine has approx. 300K on it. Has the original multi-x wheels with curb rash. This is not a car you can come and drive home - it is a project car with potential, but it is a RARE 780 Turbo Bertone with potential ! Collection of various spare parts included.
Note - the original 15x7 multi-x wheels and chrome center caps are included as pictured! They have the expected curb rash for used wheels of this vintage. These wheels were only fitted to the 780 Turbos and are quite desireable among Volvo enthusiasts, typically selling for well over $100 per wheel.
Also the front lower valance is intact and in good shape. This part is frequently missing/damaged and quite desireable among Volvo 78 enthusiasts!
I'll be making the trip to the East Coast in mid April and can tow it on a car transport trailer to anywhere east of the Mississippi for $1 mile from St. Louis(prepaid).




HISTORY OF THE VOLVO 780 BERTONE COUPE
In March 1985 Volvo debuted the 700-series-based coupe at theGeneva Motor Show, the latest collaboration betweenVolvoand the legendary Italian carrozzeria.

Designed to combine Italian elegance and Swedish engineering, the 780 premiered on the heels of two other Bertone collaborations: the262Ccoupe and the264TElimousine. Unlike the 262C, the 780 was a blank sheet design -- despite looking like a four-door 740 sedan, every body panel on the 780 is in fact different. Of the major components, only the chassis and the powertrain carried over from the 700 series.

It was Nuccio Bertone who was tasked with designing an Italian suit for the somewhat uptight Swedish sedan with American proportions. And just like the 700-series sedan and wagon, the 780 coupe was aimed at the American market. Bertone was responsible for the assembly of all the cars, so completed rolling chassis would be shipped from Gothenburg to Italy for the assembly.

As the 780 was meant to be a halo car for the range, it received a luxurious interior complete with hardwood accents, while just about every moving component from the seats to the sunroof was powereed.

"With the 780, we can offer an elegant car that is ideal for long journeys, incorporating a personal design, exclusive component solutions and a unique range of engines with the emphasis on comfort," said Volvo Car Corporation's Marketing Director Carleric Häggström about the 780 at the time.

The 780 was offered with a total of four different engines in all markets, though North America was denied some of the powerplants. The 150-hp 2.8-liter V6 was the top offering at first, though Volvo also sold the 780 with gas inline-fours in 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter form, and also offered a Volkswagen turbodiesel engine, a 2.4-liter inline-six. There would be a few small changes through the years, as Volvo replaced the rigid rear axle with a multi-link rear suspension for the 1988 model year and kept squeezing more power out of the turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four.

In total, 8,518 cars would roll off the line between 1985 and 1990, with the U.S. receiving a large chunk of the total production.