The 780 Computer – That Could Have Been

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 [...]

By |2017-12-31T13:08:24-06:00June 28th, 2015|Home|0 Comments

Common 780 Problems

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 [...]

By |2017-12-31T13:09:29-06:00May 20th, 2015|Home, Uncategorized|1 Comment

The 780 Turns 30

The Big Debut Finally Arrives - March 5, 1985 On March 4, 1985 representatives from Volvo and Bertone gathered on a cold, snowy night in Geneva Switzerland in the Palexpo, the massive exposition center near the Geneva airport for the 55th gathering of the Geneva Motor Show. The Monday evening was one of celebration, but [...]

By |2017-12-31T13:10:14-06:00April 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welding Together a 780

Welding without Grinding Another example of Volvo’s exacting standards causing a significant reworking of a process was how Bertone assembled body panels on the 780. Bertone, like most coachbuilders of the day, used basic hand tools to fabricate the sheet metal. When panels were joined they were welded and then ground smooth. This was not [...]

By |2017-12-31T13:11:18-06:00February 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet the 780 Team

For many in those days, from managers to line workers at Bertone, the 780 days are some of the most positive. Three decades later, many of them still meet together to reminisce and attend the annual reunions. Interestingly, some 1,200 miles away in Gothenburg, a similar group of former Volvo 780 team members also gather [...]

By |2017-12-31T13:11:47-06:00February 19th, 2015|Home|0 Comments

Looking for Parts?

One of the greatest challenges to owning a 780 is finding replacement parts. It isn't uncommon to come across a "totaled" 780, which only had minor bumper damage.  Something as basic as a bumper replacement can cost an insurance company more than the value of the car. While the 780 is based on the 760 [...]

By |2017-12-31T13:12:36-06:00February 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

780 Memorabilia

In 1985, at the debut of the 780, various items were produced by the marketing team at Volvo to commemorate the launch of this car. In subsequent years, additional items were produced. Some of these were made for gifts to current and prospective vendors and buyers.  There is no specific list but items occasionally appear [...]

By |2017-12-31T13:14:15-06:00February 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mystery 780 – Anyone Seen This One?

780s were fairly similar, with limited technical changes over the years (see technical info for year over year changes). But in 1989, in preparation for the 1990 Detroit International Motor Show, the Volvo team in the US, based in Rockleigh NJ, created a 780 "concept car".   Volvo's press release described the car: "The striking [...]

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