Sunday, May 20, 2007

Impersonal Luxury: 1989 Volvo 780 Bertone Turbo Coupe

Successor to the defiantly weird chop-top Bertone coupe of the late '70s, I distinctly remember my friend Marty once likening this car's real-life presence to that of a Ferrari 400. Maybe I'm missing something. Still, a handsome car if you can get past the weird interior, and at 100,000 miles a Volvo is just hitting puberty. Not bad for three grand.

Click on the pic to check out the auction.


Blogger Alan said...

yes! love this car to bits and pieces. although, i've always been confused about why volvo ever tried to go upmarket with a sort of personal/touring coupe. like the 262c before it, it was very (very) expensive in its day and ultimately too soft. the modest engine was never enough to push it into 6-series territory (which volvo seemed to go after with the 780). i spoke with an owner about why a 780 (on the day someone backed into it, unfortunately); his response was that they were practically giving them away beacuse of the lack of demand.

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Blogger Davis Chino said...

OK, I do read these posts, you f*cker.

I don't know that this was any faster than Tina, (and if it wasn't, then that's weak on Volvo's part), but there is indeed a performance component to the appeal of a Volvo. After all the fast drivin' we did in that 240 Turbo, it hurts to hear that tone in yr post. And hey, this is the closest thing to a Ferrari 400 that Bertone ever designed...


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