1979 Volvo Bertone 262C. Now With More V8!

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.

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Volvette: Twin Turbo LS1 in a Volvo Wagon

Sometimes life hands you a 1989 Volvo 745T Wagon, and you are forced to turn lemons into lemonade.  Douglas Strickler knows how to do this, and his proof is in his Volvette.  I just stumbled onto it recently, and it may be old news to everytbody else in the world, but I saw the car and fell in love.

It started life as typical family truckster, and now has a fire breathing LS1 twin turbo, backed with a 6-speed manual transmission.  It has 500+ horsepower and could likely get you to soccer practice at the speed of light.  It’s got bigger brakes, 18 inch wheels, and wagon loads of custom parts.  I can’t even imagine how fun this car must be to drive.  Only two words come to mind. Do Want.

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http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2196921