Just when I thought that last night’s Volvo Bertone was the sweetness, I come across this! “Shut up and take my money!” is the first thing that comes to my mind. Seriously? $2000 for a 1979 Bertone with a V8 under the hood? Am I being punk’ed? Does such Swedish-Italian coolness normally come this cheap? Does the SBC really kill the value this much?
Okay, let’s all take a deep breath and slow things down a tick. What we are dealing with today is a 1979 Volvo Bertone 262C… as you can clearly see. These cars CAME this way, 2 inch chopped roof and all. Rad? Heck yes. It’s just like that Volvo that your friend’s mom had way back in the day, but built with Italian styling. The power options inside still work, it has been restored at some point in life, and it has a Chevy V8 swap. On one hand, this swap is preposterous and shameful. On the other hand, it is a perfect mechanical symphony that is rarely heard or seen. An automotive cornucopia it is. Take a boxy Swedish car that is well known for safety and reliability, and give it fancy Italian bodywork. Then rip all of its spinny bits out, and install American gas guzzling reliability. I must say, I am into this one deep. If my driveway is miraculously larger when I get home today, and two G’s in cash rains down from the sky on my way home, you can bet I will be cruising the streets in this thing. This week, it is Bertone Volvo’s for the ultimate, and clearly inescapable win.
Just a few hours ago, I was out and about, doing a little Christmas shopping. On one trip into a parking lot, I happened to lay my eyes upon the back side of a car that looked … well… oddly out of place. It just did not belong in the sea of beige Camry’s and Minivans. My glance happened so quickly though, that I couldn’t seem to place what the heck I had just seen. As I rounded the endless rows of the parking lot, while dodging rogue carriages, my memory was feverishly flipping pages of magazines that I had read decades ago, hoping to determine the nature of this machine. Obviously, being a stalker of unique automobiles, I had to move in for a closer look.
As it turns out, what I had spotted was in fact a unique piece of history. It was a late 1980’s Volvo 780 Bertone Coupe! Not your everyday vehicle for sure. From what I understand, these things are fairly rare with only something like 8500 of them being built over 4 years. That’s fairly rare if you ask me, especially when you consider that they were spread out over a few different continents. Seeing one in person these days is a sweet stroke of luck. With under 200 horsepower, they certainly weren’t race cars, but they sure were classy looking, in their boxy 1980’s sort of way.
Someday I will own a DeLorean. It won’t initially be a nice one though, because I am way to cheap to buy anything decent. It will probably be a total mess of a car that nobody else will touch. It will look like a pile of charred stainless steel that was hit by a train, and then dumped into a muddy river for a few years. Yeap, that is the one that I would buy. Haters gonna hate, but I love seeing a car brought back from the worst of the worst. The only thing better than that is being part of the restoration process. That said, assuming that you are not quite as cheap as me, but pretty darn close, I have a treat for you today. It comes in the form of good news in bad news though.
Good News: This DeLorean was not hit by a train! Fantastic right?
Bad News: It was on fire, but the current owners says that it merely “had minor fire in cabin“. Understatement of the year? Absolutely. We all know that fires are put out with water, so I think we can also assume that this car was filled with thousands of gallons of H2O as well. That doesn’t scare you right? Good!
Just less than 9 grand is all it will take to bring this beauty to your driveway. It’s just too bad it wasn’t hit by a train, or I may be a buyer. Ah well, better luck next time I guess…
Be sure to check it out on Hemmings for more pictures and info:
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A friend of mine has had this 3-rotor twin turbo Mazda 20B engine forever and it haunts my soul. Over 10 years ago, it was going to be dropped into his 2nd generation RX7 which would have been an absolute monster. Sadly, just a short time after the engine was commandeered from a land far, far away, his RX7 was t-boned hard in the side. He was fine, but the car was destroyed. The beautiful 3-rotor engine was then put into storage where it lived in the darkness up until recently, when it needed to be relocated. So what’s the plan for it you ask? That’s a super fantastic question, that I would love to know the answer to! I know that I dream about owning it every single night, but honestly, it is worth more than any of my vehicles, so swapping it into any of them would just be shameful.
What would you guys do with an engine like this? Caterham? 3rd gen RX7? Miata? VW Bus? I’m out of ideas…
Well, you’re absolutely right. Sometimes the factory doesn’t put the engine in the right spot, so people have no choice but to correct it. “Nicely done” I’d say… but what’s under the ol’ bonnet I wonder?