The 780 was extreme tested in the hot Australian outback in 1984. The results were good overall but, no surprise, the searing hot, oven like, temperatures meant a number of the interior trim panels needed to be reengineered. After a few weeks in the sun there were issues. With the trim shrinking and coming unglued [...]
What is my Volvo Bertone 780 worth?
Here are some pictures I saved some time ago from an Italian ad of a 780 converted to a hearse. Does anyone know where it is now? and perhaps the VIN nr for our registry? We'd love to hear more about it.
A few pictures of the 780 prototype car taken by Bert Jan Nijhuis when on a Volvo factory tour in Gothenburg Sweden
By: Jonas Hagberg Gothenburg, Sweden One of the common issues that effects most 780s after 25 years, especially in more humid climates, is rust around the rear side window frames. The rust is generally not noticeable at first and requires the removal of the rear seat and side panels to fully verify. This document [...]
By Jonas Hagberg Gothenburg Sweden This document is created to give you some guidance in how to restore you sunroof in the best way possible with the original parts and in a reasonable budget. Since the sunroof is no longer available from Volvo, it’s up to us enthusiast to unite and do what is possible [...]
Bob Austin's task of promoting the new Volvo 780, as the head of marketing for Volvo of North America, was no small job. The US market was going to be the biggest, with some 5,600 of the 8,518 cars shipped to the US. But from the dealerships to the buyers, no one new or expected [...]
Over the six year run, the 780 was featured in numerous car magazines and press releases. Here are a few of the more memorable quotes: The Positive: "As a commercial proposition, the 780 was a glass half-empty. As a car, however, it satisfies like a full snifter of quality vintage brandy." Collectible Automobile, April 2004, [...]
Ever wondered what that odd blank space is on the dash next to the cigarette lighter? If you have a 1991 model, you (and originally some 399 others) in the USA, have a "Nuncio Bertone" signature plate. The plastic plates were with a green, raised letter, signature, denoting the final run of the 780. But [...]
If you have a 780, of any year, chances are you have run into some of the same weak spots in these cars. When we met with some of the production team from Bertone, they were curious what was causing concerns 25 years later. Given that few of the actual 780 Bertone team ever had [...]