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Rare Rides: A Bertone by Any Other Identify, the 1989 Volvo 780

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What do you get once you cross sensible Swedish design sensibility with some Italian aptitude? You get a really costly and boxy two-door sedan with a Bertone badge on it.

Presenting the 1989 Volvo 780.

Design agency Bertone was used to placing their very own spin on present automobiles. The truth is, the predecessor to at present’s Rare Experience was the Bertone-constructed and chopped roof Volvo 262C, of 1978 via 1981. That car was the first time Volvo aimed their sights at the luxurious car market. Pitching the 262C towards established gamers like Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz, Volvo moved 6,622 copies of the completely Malaise 262C.

Happy with the result of their prior collaboration, Volvo turned to the Italian home as soon as extra, and stated “Coupe once more!” After a Swiss debut in 1985, the 780 made its approach to the United States for the 1987 mannequin yr.

Based mostly on the profitable line of seven hundred collection automobiles from Volvo, the 780 was prime of the line. The one option to get something however a standard sedan or wagon was to move by the 740 and 760 fashions, and pony up for the Bertone 780.

All 780s have been constructed at the Bertone manufacturing unit in Turin, Italy. The coachbuilder reworked the unique 760’s roof right into a coupe format, and rearranged the hood and trunk to take a seat decrease. At the rear the C-pillar had a smoother rake, which gave a quicker silhouette when in comparison with the upright sedans. Studying from their prior expertise, Bertone didn’t chop the roof like they did with the 262C, leaving headroom intact.

The primary couple years of 780 manufacturing have been hampered a bit by a single engine up entrance, a strong rear axle beneath, and a awful local weather management system in the center. Initially Volvo provided the three,four hundred-pound 780 with the 2.eight-liter PRV V6 (one hundred fifty horsepower) in naturally aspirated guise. Volvo improved choices for the ’88 mannequin yr; at that time an improve to the unbiased rear suspension coincided with the availability of turbocharged inline-4 engines. One-hundred and seventy-5 turbocharged horsepower in 1988 elevated to 188 in North American automobiles for 1989 and onward. 4-velocity guide or automated transmissions have been obtainable, with the majority of North American examples possessing an automated.

The 780 would reside for a comparatively brief whereas general. Manufacturing wrapped up in 1990, leading to a restricted run ’ninety one mannequin yr. For that yr solely, the 780 identify disappeared and badging merely learn Coupé. Volvo produced eight,518 Bertone 780s in complete. Maybe taking a touch from the market, the firm didn’t supply one other coupe till the extra trendy C70 arrived for 1996.

In the present day’s Rare Experience is a comparatively clear 1989 instance, on supply by way of a supplier just lately. It was bid as much as $1,960 and didn’t meet the reserve. Nonetheless listed on the supplier’s website, the 780 asks $four,900.

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