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Wagen origineel uitgerust met een donkergrijs leder interieur.
Dit interieur heeft het grijs/zwart interieur vervangen in MJ 90.
De meeste 780 Turbo 16V werden met dit interieur geleverd.
Toen men in 1991 nog met een onverkochte stock 780 Turbo 16V's MJ 90 zat in Italië, hadden al deze wagens dit interieur.
Belgische wagen uitgerust met gepolijste Polaris 17" velgen en een verlaagd sportchassis.
Auto is rechtstreeks afkomstig van Volvo employee. Heeft de auto als zakenauto bereden en gekocht wanneer
hij met pensioen ging. Complete historie aanwezig en origineel 75.000 km gereden bij de aankoop. Is uitgerust met
een originele booster welke destijds als extra te koop was bij Volvo.
I have been a volvo lover for 15 years and have always wished to own a 780 ever since the day they came out
in 1987. I owned a 87 and now have this beautiful 89 Gold with Tan Interior and has won the Best 700
Series at our local Canadian Volvo Meet. My dream came true when this happened and proud to own a Classic
My 780 is garaged and only used in the summer for special occasions.
Keep up the excellent work and hope to hear from other 780 Bertone Lovers.
Max De Souza
Deze auto is origineel in de VS verkocht en een aantal jaren geleden naar België gehaald.
2,5 jaar geleden is de auto in Nederland terecht gekomen, maar niet op kenteken gezet.
Onlangs is de auto door mij gekocht en op kenteken gezet.
De wagen is in uitstekende conditie. De motor loopt voortreffelijk.
This car was stored for 10 years in an air conditioned garage prior to my ownership.
It is absolutely showroom perfect.
4 Cyl Turbo 2 Dr. Coupe,auto,ps,pw,AC,ABS,cruise,rear whl dr.,
No work required...car is as new.
Excellent Cond. Call: 281-923-6858 (TEXAS)
Thanks for the web - site and a great surprise to find it!
My 780 is not a daily driver - I keep it in the garage and it looks like new, in and out -
I drive a 940 red wagone turbo every day and my wife drives a 240...
I Love our Volvo's - but always look forward to warm clear days to drive the 780 around.
Keep in touch and - ...
I bought it from my mechanic, who works on Volvos and BMW's- 2 guys named Tim.
It is a great car.
It is a great road car- on the highway, and a great car for getting around tow.
I have had 3 Volvo's going back to 1986 and this is the best.
My 85 turbo wagon was a 5 speed and had over 200K miles on it when I donated it to a charity.
My 1986 740 GLE has 209K on it. My 17 year old son is now driving it.
It is a fantastic road car. The 780 is a special car.
In spite of the obvious design flaws ( the trunk, rear seat levers, etc..) it is a lot of fun to drive.... and it goes fast.
I was nicely surprised to discover your Web site concerning the Volvo 780 owners.
I love this car but I want to have the experience of other owners concerning:
The problem of the leather upholstery that is detaching from the door side underneath the window.
Also it is very difficult to find new or used spare-parts.
Can someone help me out?
He is still pretty much cherry. the engine,
trans and turbo were all rebuilt by phil pontrio of island volvo repair not because it needed to be done just to have it done.,br.
It only has 19000m since rebuild.
This car came with O.Z. racing wheels from the dealer.
Im missing one of the center caps due to a negligent mechanic.
This cap has a security screw and the volvo logo on the center covered with clear resin.
Im also looking for a headliner and sun roof shade in the tan color.
Over 200,000 miles with no major problems.
No engine repairs of any sort.
However I'm having electrical problems regarding the fuse box and seats.
And of course the headliner is now sagging.
My car has the Automatic Climate Control option.
I have aftermarket wheels, but otherwise the car is totally original.
The V6 is very smooth and quiet. I am very happy with it,
though I'd like to try one with the independent suspension.
I am interested in any input as far as modifications that can be made to this car.
I would love to squeeze more horsepower from the 4 cyl. turbo and improve the handling characteristics.
I am open to any suggestions. Thank You
supurb shape. inside and out. runs beautifully.
feels great to drive. fantastic automobile.
exciting to look at. volvo did a fine job letting bertone do the work.
bertone did a wonderful piece of work.
lucky to have it.
Car in great shape. bought in texas 1997 at 125000mi
comming out of winter storage two weeks. run 89 745
turbo wagon during winter/keep the bertone outof the snows
site jus fine
I'm looking a few other 780 owners looking to upgrade their handling through some front and REAR sway bars.
ipd will get out the dies and make some (they retired them a couple of years ago) if we can find 10 interested 780 owners.
Heck, I'll bet if we could get close they consider making the sway bars.
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED (no commitment yet), please e-mail me back with
- your name
- the year of your 780
- e-mail address and
- a phone number (optional).
I'll keep a running list and contact you if we get close.
Or if you have a set of sway bars FOR SALE, please call or e-mail me.
Bought the car 99-05-01 with a blown b280e.
Now the power comes from a converted B23E to B23ET assembled by "turbo Karlsson" with IC komp 7.5:1, grpA garret with bigger kompr.
Very big valves and ports made by "Grottis" 3" exh and M90 gearbox.Jamex lowered and stiffened.
At 0.8 bar it delivers 300hp back there.
Just acquired the 1989 Bertone. One owner, perfect records.
Would love to connect with and talk to via e-mail or on line others who own 780 Bertones to educate me more to what I have,
resources for parts when needed and other realities, pro and con of Bertone Ownership.
I would like to know where I can obtain info about this car.
Especially interested in a good shop book on the motor.
I am new to the car and know nothing about it.
I was looking for another deisel Mercedes and happened upon this car.
Its in extremely well kept almost new condition. I LOVE driving it!
I have a feeling that parts will be the biggest problem. I would welcome any tips, warnings, sources etc.
I'm not sure about engine...I know its a 4 cyl. turbo.
Also not sure about serial number...its raining outside right now.
Its my teenage son's car, but I've taken a real liking to it.
He wants to trade it for a pickup, but I may keep it.
I hope to find a front air dam and a few small parts to fix it up.
The only real problem is the driver's seat will not move forward/back, and it is stuck in a position that is too close for comfort on me!
My car is a beautiful Black with all Black interior. When we first
unloaded it off the truck the first thing we did was remove all the
suspension parts and put in all brand new IPD parts. We installed
new springs shocks, swaybars and we lowered the car alot. This is
very tricky because of the independent rear suspension. We actually
had IPD fabricate one of the parts to make the whole thing work.
Then we I had a brand new set of 16" 740/940 Turbo rims polished with
Goodyear GS-C 205/55/ZR16 tires. The wheels and tires make the whole
car it looks like it is motion even when it is standing still. I am
not kidding when I tell you I cried when I picked up the wheels they
were so perfect and exactly what I wanted. They make the car look
like it is wearing silver slippers. Not only that but the handling
is way beyond what any of us expected. The car is so low and stiff
that there is just no body roll at all, regardless of speed. We had
the three rear windows blacked out. I installed a new Volvo stereo
EQ which came standard with earlier model 780's (the 1991 came with a
6 disc CD player but no equalizer) The 1991 also came with a plate
on the dash that has Nuccio Bertone's signature.
And last but not least, I was able to get the California license plate
of "BERTONE". Someone else already had the plate so I hired a private
investigator to contact the person to see if they would sell it to me,
and they did. The private investigator cost me $75, all he did was
make a couple of phone calls. The plate cost me $125, the owner
didn't even have it registered on a car. It didn't even spell BERTONE
for him so he wasn't that attached to it. This guys name was David
Bertelson and the license plate said "BERT ONE" (he had a 1/2 space
between BERT and ONE) his brother had "BERT TWO" I can not tell you
how much I love having that license plate on this car.
I love this car more than any other car I have ever owned. It was
delivered to me with on 35 miles on it and I know have 93,000. I can
not imagine every getting rid of the car.
I also own a 1993 Blue Volvo 940 Turbo station wagon with 50,000
miles. I just bought it 2 months ago and I love it already, It is
replacing a 1983 245 Turbo Wagon.(Blue Volvo's are my favorite color)
I just installed a set of 17" Volvo 850T rims on the car and they
my car is acting wierd. driver's seat is all crooked. i have no idea what the hell happened.
all i did was press a button. engine is making strange noises.
it all happened after i thouroughly detailed the car. oh well. great car otherwise.
i'm a poor college student that doesn't have enough money to send the car in for repairs.
After 8 years driving a 780 with the V6 engine I decided that it was time for something different.
Although the V6 is a smooth car and it hadn't let me down once I was looking for a little bit more power.
I found this B204GT already 2 years ago by reading an article in "autovisie",
a dutch automagazine, where this car was subject to an article on the 780.
Owner was Carlo Schmidt but he was a little bit reluctant to sell the car at that time.
In the mid of 2008 we came to an agreement and we "swapped" our cars.
Wonderfull car and a great fun to drive !
am the original owner of a 1991 Bertone Coupe (#11594).
As a former Vice President of Volvo North America Corp.,
this car was in the corporate showroom for one year, but I had the then VP Marketing for Cars, Bill Hoover, earmark it for me when it came off the showroom floor.
The car is a classic, in that it was one of two, that were painted with a test color at the time "Pearlescent White." Mitch Duncan, VP Parts at the time got the other one.
I have had the car ever since and still drive it daily (66,000 miles), what a wonderful machine "she" is!
The car is overloaded with accessories, all factory options including 17 x 145 Pirelli's mounted on low profile 5 spoke wheels. The workshop at VNAC, Rockleigh, NJ, fitted the 760 alarm & remote entry system to the car.
I could never fathom why for the Flagship Volvo didn't offer this as standard.
I will get the rest of the information on my vehicle, no paint code ID was ever found, we finally tracked it down via Sweden, Italy and then Switzerland! It's a 3 part finish and very classy.
Was smashed in the roof and I saved it.
Blue a head gasket and that cost $600 in parts,
not counting my labor.
VOLVO 780 (39K) Bertone
You need it? Only we have it: The original stainless steel trims for
A-column left and right,
roof left and right,
C-column left and right
We have overtaken the whole stock of the manufacturer
1 piece DM 100.-
1 set ( 6 pieces) DM 500.-
If you have intrest, please contact :
H. Bauer Kfz.
Deutschland 0049 Telefon: (0)7404 / 910165
This car is not toally stock.<BR.
I have modified the engine, exhaust, intake and in the process of the exterior changes.
This is also currently one of 2 780s that I own.
I feel this is the greatest vechile of Volvo's REAR wheel drive family of cars!
Just bought it. Love it. Needs some checking on electrical passenger seat.
Due to me moving abroad and a never ending story of problems with all electrical stuff,
I gave up and sold the car privately to someone who is planning a ground up rebuilt.
Despites the problems, I remain enthousiast about owning & driving a 780!!
This '90 model 780 is equipped with a brembo racing brake system, a specially designed high power exhaust system and an improved
and lowered suspension for better roadholding and handling. Recently the car has been freshly repainted.
The paintwork has been done in a way far better than Bertone ever managed to do.
THIS IS A VERY RARE CAR HERE IN PORTUGAL.
ONLY 20 WERE IMPORTED. I BOUGHT IT SIX MONTHS AGO, AND IT´S WONDERFULL.
IT´S MY EVERYDAY´S CAR, AND I´M VERY PROUD OF IT.
EVERYBODY LOOK AT IT AS IT WAS A PORSCHE, BUT IT COSTS 10%!!
The X in stead of an zero in the chassinumber is for me a mysterium.
Some people says it stands for experimental, made for Volvo's own purpose.
The car is registered for the first time in march 1989, but it is built already in august 1988.
Cars built in august 1988 should normaly be built as yearmodel 1989, and yearmodel 1989 had obligatory katalyst (B280F), which my car don't have.
This car was commissioned by AB volvo as a test color car, in November 1990,
at Bertone in Italy, with special "Pearlescent White" paint, for "future model" introductions.
I have owned the car since NEW and now after 68,000 miles
I truly belive this is THE ULTIMATE 780, with 17" rims factory fitted!
I bought the car from an old retired guy 2 years ago.
The car only had 44000 miles when I got it!!I am having some minor problems w/ it.
Passenger side power seat works occasionally?? Power sunroof the same.
There must be an electrical problem - maybe a short.
Rear speakers need to be replaced - they have dry rotted and the power antenna stopped going up last month.
These are all minor complaints for a twelve year old car.
I just had the 60K service done and this baby runs like a champ.
I get a lot of people asking me about this car - it's kind of funny.
I have only seen 2 other ones like it on the road. I would love to hear from others who have one like it.
Are you having similar electrical problems??
A dream come true. I am a long time volvo enthusiast (my other car is a 1973 1800es).
Due to the high milage of this car I am planning to convert it to a B230ft+M46 to
replace the v6 automatic. Any advise on this would be appreciated. Thank you for this
Just bought it from a used dealer. Original engine was replaced with 4cyl-Turbo from 740 model (180000km).
I am experiencing battery drain problem that others have described (have to boost every day),
as well as other electrical "quirks".
Beautiful car, but I'm hoping these electrical issues don't drive me crazy.
There is another 780 in my neighbourhood that just sits on the street in neglect - such a shame!
Would you have any info. on how many of the 1991 780's were made?
I'm looking for any info. that you would have about the car.
The car is in excellent shape and I'm trying to price it for the insurance.
23-5-2003 I love this car... Volvo Canada contacted me and informed me that this was the only 1991 ever sold in Canada.
The car is in amazing shape and drives like a dream. Unfortunately I have to part with it.
I'm looking for someone that is going to keep this car in good shape.
It is a jewel and is going to bring someone a lot of happiness. Make me an offer.
Great car to drive. Good power and acceleration, great brakes and handling. Very comfortable seats.
Heating is excellent in our very cold (-40C) temeperatures. Good air conditioning for our hot days (+30C) of summer.
Major problems are rear shocks - Nivomat self levelling - where do I find replacements at a reasonable price (ie less than $200.00 Cdn)?
Have some trouble with radio, it doesn't keep preset station tunings.
Front drivers power seat is erratic and often does not work for adjustments.
First owner was the famous modern artist Jasper Johns, of Sharon Ct.
In process of adding front/rear IPD sway bars (no longer produced) with Bilstein shocks.
Will soon add Vx camshaft, 1990 header, 2.5in exhaust and T3/T4 hybrid turbo to get around 240hp.
I recently acquired this car that was in a collision i am trying to locate two headlights two corner lamps a grill and other plastic trimmings in the front area of the car the front bumper is o.k but the section under the bumper needs changing.
I intend to restore this car to its original new condition.
I am really excited about my volvo bertone.
This is my first volvo and I am really interested in learning more about my car.
In addition I need restoration, do you have any suggestions on how I may go about restoring my vehicle.
Hallo. Mein Volvo 780 Bertone ist 100% Original
auch Tacho/Km und in einem TOP stustand innen und aussen auf Anfrage kann ich auch ein Photo
versenden.Wenn jemand Fragen zu Reparaturen hat,
kann er mir auch eine E/M senden.
The engine components are German made, body is Italian made.<BR
It V-6 do not know engine type. It was imported from Japan last December and I purchased from Dubai.
I hope that you could help me identifying the engine type and spare parts catalog. The Chassis no. is YV17826971 D009652
In perfect condition.
Engine has never been revised.
I sold an '88 740GLE several years ago and promised myself that when I got another car,
it would be a Volvo.
I was browsing through EBay a few weeks ago and found a beautiful '89 780 Bertone Black/Beige with 91,000 miles,
two hours and 30 minutes later, when the auction ended, I was the higheset bidder.
I flew out to Chicago to pick it up a week later and it drove home to Beantown like a dream.
I love my car!!!!!
This car has just been imported into the UK.
It came from Michigan but little is known of its previous history.
At present it is in poor condition but it has been sent to the Volvo agent in Carlisle to be made roadworthy at least.
Do you have a record of any other 780s in the UK, please?
I got this car for christmas, it has 300,000 miles on it, and in very good condition.
I put some 16 inch alloy turbo wheels on it, and it looks pretty good.
I rarely ever see another one around, it is a great car.
I LIKE THE CAR TO DRIVE,VERY COMFORTABLE.HAD APROBLEM WITH THE STARTING,WHEN HOT.
PUT IN SWITCH BYPASSING THE NUETRAL SAFTY SWITCH.BATTERY TO STARTING SWITCH DIRECT,WORKED GREAT,
NO MORE GETTING STUCK IN THE CARWASH.GREAT CAR,I HAD MINE GIVEN TO ME.
This car is bought at Garage Schmidt in Gemert in the Netherlands.
The owner, Carlo Schmidt, is a enthousiastic Volvo fan who always has special cars in stock.
This beautiful 780 Bertone he bought in Venice Italy from the first owner with just 36000 kilometers.
Servicebook is with the car. A truly wonderful car, completely original.
If I have the correct production numbers, there were only 79 780's made after this one. It was first registered in May of 1992.
I just acquired this vehicle 9/20/03 and my first experience in a Volvo was to immediately drive this
one cross country 1640 miles from South Florida to Rochester, New York.
I was very pleased with its performance and ride comfort.
The only drawback for me is that it is very hard to get in and out of the car because
I cannot adjust the seat low enough for my 6'2" height and I have to keep the moon roof cover open to avoid hitting my head.
i've owend this car going on 5 months i bought the car with 165,800 miles on it it now has 168,920 on it
i bought the car for $2,000 it realy has been a grat car and i'm pleased to be a volvo 780 owner...
Was looking for a car for 17 year old daughter, found at a used car lot. Very good condition, air conditioner even works!
Currently reasearching "How To"'s, intention is to restore to OEM standards.
Parts are rare and expensive, but since I am a car guy, oh well.
Maybe I'll keep it and get another car for my daughter.
I love everything about it except the Novimasts and the automatic.
This car should be a manual. the engine is a little lethargic...any advice on performance upgrading for the V6 is welcome.
Pictures taken at my residence 3 August 2004.
I race the car regularly. it does a 13 second quarter mile with full interior.
BTW i am over a mile above sea level so thats not bad for a heavy car.
The motor is b230ft bored.060 and milled hear .020 and an ipd cam with 18 lbs of boost. tons of other goodies. email 4 more info
Upgraded 15G turbo, Complete engine rebuild: 2nd stage overbore,
Ported + Polish head with 3 angle valve job. IPD's turbo cam/adjustable cam gear,
Turbo X's dual stage boost controller, Custom intake, 2.5'' exhaust with turbo mufler.
Wenn Sie das Auto kaufen wollen, bitte bei mir anmelden.
If you are interested in purchasing this 780, please contact me. It is in excellent condition, has all maintainance records, no accidents, etc.
Bought this at a charity lot in December 2004. It is in perfect condition, other than needing rear brakes and a good scrubbing!
for sale please contact via email
It is sold new in Sweden (march,1987).89999 kilometers.
it is a testcolor (silverbronz-metallic)it is the only this car who have this paint on.
I think it is one of the finest 780 because the car is like new!
I purchased the car in Virginia, sight unseen, w/a V6 I thought to repower with a V8.
Drove it and was amazed at how smooth and quiet it was.
Several other shops agree it is tight, only very minor leaks. No tears in leather.
Clean CarFax. Just sold to my son, keeping it in family.
Would love to keep it but the 122 project calls! May get another one someday.
Car still needs a bit of love as the drivers seat doesn't move and the last owner was short and I'm tall.
But other than that this is the greatest car I have ever owned.
It took me 3 months to find and I had to drive 90 miles to get it but it was worth it!
The auto is almost perfect I have a well three problems with it someone cracked the driver side rear stop light.
It will sometimes drop in to over drive and will not come out for a while and when I punch
it it will bog around 80 if I take it slower it will run up to 115-125 easy any ideas.
I WILL KEEP FOR EVER
Unfortunately this fine, and rare car is to be parted out, unless someone wants to take it on as a project.
A fine driver, lightly damaged in an accident, last year. calafornia car until 3/06, car now resides indoors,
15 miles north of providence. car is complete, and almost everything works.
I also have annother spare B230ft engine with 140K and strong compression, complete with turbo, in a wood shipping crate. its White with blue-black int.
Yes: like almost every single other 780 ive ever seen- the front underspoiler is dammaged,
The dash is cracked in front of the passenger seat, and the stiching hase come un-done on the drivers seat bottom (but re-sewable)
This was a turbo car. I have put a modified 5.0 HO from a Mustang Cobra in it with a 5 spd trans. and a 100 HP nitrious setup.
It is in process and when finished it will be blue met in color. The interior will be Grey and black
New owner of well maintained great finish, garaged car. Non working item - driver's power seat. Runs great.
Just replaced headliner and converted a/c system. Just a note, that Meguier's Tech RX was is great.
I have 2 88 Bertones.One is unfortunately a parts donor.
The other just received a fresh motor,new tires,rotors,calipers,pads on the corners.
There a few blemishes here and there but no rust.Overall she's a beauty.
I am in the process of repairing/restoring this vehicle.
Engine has been rebuilt and I will be repairing paint....spots worn due to south Texas sun.
Enjoy the car's uniqueness and comfort; parts not too difficult to get;
reliable smooth engine but not enough power - intend to look into installing a Ford Mustang V8 which a specialist in New Hampshire has apparently done
4cyl 148k miles. 1989 bertone runs great beautiful body garage kept, reconditioned top (interior) automatic moon roof.
One of only a few still on the road. For sale considering all reasonable offers. All she needs is driving
I am the second owner of this 1990 classic car..... a great car, very unique in southern california....
This car has only 50K miles! it still smells new.
I had to get a new stereo system, dvd, ipod connection, but otherwise original i love it!
Hello 780 fans
I bought my 780 in Romania and now it id in restoration.
I give You many photos when I will do it. Now I looking for parts.>BR>
This car is recently imported to Denmark from Sweden.
It has been restored due to rust in roof. It is in real fine condition.
Engine and tranny is running smoothly as well as the interior is pretty fine too.
All electrical equipment works fine (pwr seats, moon roof, A/C, ABS, pwr windows, pwr mirrors, cruise control, etc.).
Only 13 were sold in Denmark (due to excessive car taxation in DK, the price was astronomic).
Since I was 17 I wanted one. I've been told that 8 (eight) 780's are living in DK by now.
Guess mine will be the ninth, when I get my licence plates.
It is a real comfy cruiser and I'm in love with it, -despite the 15 liters pr. 100 km fuel economy...
Body restored to a very fine condition w/o any rust what so ever.
A/C restored and converted. Everything original except the stereo.
Original engine and tranny. Swedish car with B280E imported to DK last november.
I purchased my Bertone from it's original owner in presentable but a little rough condition,
running strong and quite well, in February 2009,
I have always admired the styling of the 780 and I am quite proud to finally own one of these very fine rare automobiles...
I always wanted one and now I have one of my own....
I am currently in the process of installed a 1993 B230FT L Block Engine into the car, once doen i will beging to restore the inside.
car was in poor condition prior to getting me and once done will be in a factory condition
Purchased from ID#-530 6/09. Longtime multiple Volvo owner, 1st 780. Starting to enjoy this Bertone.
Been working on it quite a bit. It's original, all there(except for console plaque), & fully operational.
Great car & serves as my daily driver.
I picked this Bertone up in Bellingham MA. It had been sitting 3 years. Changed one of the tires blew up the other 2.
Drained all the stale gas and Drove it home (three hundred miles almost).
I am in love with this car!
This is one of 2 cars ever to be manufactured with the Metallic Green Finish.
Also this is 1 of the last 8 Bertone's ever produced.
Everything is immaculate and has been serviced by Volvo since it's purchase. 1 owner.
This vehicle is for sale to the right customer!
A doctor gave this car up because he didn't think it was reliable.
We bought it and drove it 2300miles to Florida where it is in semi-retirement.
Wish I was! Looks great, drives smooth, feels special.
Car was purchased in March of this year (2012), in very neglected condition. I have been working on it for about 4-5 weeks.
My goal for this car is to keep it all Volvo, just better, faster, stronger. No modifications will be done that alter original aspects of car.
With the exception of replacing leather and plastic interior parts for interior improvements. No "harm" will be done. Only improvements.
The car will recieve re-built '93 squiter-block, 19T turbo upgrade, '95 AW-71 trans. w/ Hi-Stall converter.
Other mods will follow as staged.
Power goals: 350HP
I have just imported this 780 from Japan. I understand
that it was one of about 500 780's officially imported to Japan. It would appear to
be a special edition promoting Diners Club! The car is in great shape has been well
cared for and is being UK registered. It resides in the North West of England.