Love this car. All the looks of a Maserati, Ferrari or other Italian 4 seater with Volvo reliability. Mine was owned by a Volvo tech who shaved the head & rebuilt everything from suspension to new nivomat shocks. I paid 5000 dollars for this car and feel like it was a bargain. MSRP in 90 on this car was around 42k. The total built over all the years includes v-6, turbo 4 cyl, turbo diesel, and twin cam turbos. I think the turbo 4 is the best of the bunch. I have a 240 Volvo with 488,000 miles with the same basic motor. People ask what it is, say they have never seen one & how they love the car. The 90 & up turbos used the Mitsubishi turbo, so less lag. All around great car.
Not sure why the 780 Bertone has been so
overlooked. ipd in Oregon can provide
performance parts to suit your tastes.
Everyone who rides in my car (front or
back) remarks on the supple ride. Sure
it's modified but even when it was
stock, it was a very regal handler.
Very consistent with no surprises. I
bought my girlfriend one and she loves
it. I have no plans to sell mine ever.
These are not cheap cars. They are very
rare and have as my girfriend says
"elegant" lines. I'd buy another if it
was well maintained.
Body parts are pricy and can be
difficult to obtain but the driveline
mechanicals are very similar to the 760
Turbo of the same vintage and are thus
readily available from local dealers and
I preferred to swap out the self
leveling rear suspension for a more
performance oriented ride.
Prior to purchasing this Volvo I knew
very little about thier cars. I did a
little research and found out that the
car I was buying was not just a Volvo
but also a Bertone. For anyone not
familiar with Bertone, it is an Italian
car designer who designs and hand
builds only a handful of European cars.
8500 were built of this particular
model over five years. The car was built
from 1986 until 1990(several '90
Bertones were carried over to '91). It
is a rock-solid car with an extremely
comfortable ride and interior. This car
was around $38,000 when it was new in
'86 and is, as far as I'm concerned,
still worth every penny today.