Valhalla Beckons For This Volvo 780 Bertone

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The Crusher doesn't care how rare a truly sport Volvo might be. The Crusher cares only for its own hunger!

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According to Wikipedia, Volvo only built 8,518 780s total, so we're looking at a fairly rare machine here.

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Illustration for article titled Valhalla Beckons For This Volvo 780 Bertone

The B230FT engine made 175 turbocharged horses for the big Volvo coupe. Looks like a lucky junkyard shopper has already harvested the turbo-related goodies.


Not so rare that you don't see them on a 24 Hours of LeMons track, though! The white 780 visible in the first 30 seconds or so of this video proved quite fast at Altamont, though not particularly reliable.

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DISCUSSION

I may have to don a flame-proof hat, but was it really worth Volvo going to Bertone to get that design?

"Hi, we're getting a little bored of drawing box-shaped cars. Could you do one for us? It would also give us a good badge to sell to style-types with."

"Yes! We'll infuse Volvo with real Italian style, give it a scissor-blade doors and-"

"No no no, it still has to look like a normal Volvo. It's a coupé version of the 700 Series cars."

"Fine! We'll just take 2 doors off and chop bits to make it lower like last time. But you'd never give Zagato such a job..."

"Hey, we aren't paying you to moan."

"Paying?"

"Er... ————————————"

"Hello...?"