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1986 Volvo 780 TDIC Bertone
(Photos and text supplied by Koen the Belgian owner of this car)

 


  More photos below, please click on image for full size photo

Description

We are "Volvo-minded" family. When I was little, my grandfather had a red 144, B20 automatic and my father drove a blue 144, B20 manual. Our neighbour was director of Volvo Trucks in Vorst and therefore always drove the latest Volvo cars. 

The 144 was replaced by a 244 but was disappointing with regard to fuel economy, even with LPG. So the Volvo was parked outside. We then had 3 Citroen CXs, a Mercedes 4matic and a Mercedes G. 

In the meantime my mother drove a 2nd hand Volvo 960 and my father bought a Volvo S80D. I drove only a motorbike. Then I became father and bought a 460Turbo off my cousin who works at Volvo, great car. In the meantime, my wife drove a Volvo 440 TD. The 460 was replaced by a fully optioned 940 TD, bought with 460.000 kms on the clock for only 1000 Euros. 2 years later I sold it with 508.000 kms for 2500 Euros to a Volvo garage, an offer too good to resist. 

In the meantime I had - just by chance - found my dream car, a Volvo 780TD from 1986, a completely original, Italian car which was imported to the Netherlands, where it was sitting abandoned in a yard. The Dutch owner had invested a lot of money in this car to bring it up to a good standard, however because of circumstances he had to dispose of it. The price I have paid was less than the money he had put into it. Suddenly I owned my dreamcar. After replacing the front shocks and sorted out the import documents from Holland, the car went through the technical control without any problems.

I use the 780 every day. Some people think I should keep it for special events, however I think this car must be driven rather than stored in a garage under a cover


Still to do:
Windshield cracks.
Replace rubber for sunroof

In the meantime the car rides on 17” Volo rims with 215/45/17 tyres. The original rims are being sandblasted, repainted ready for the winter tyres.

Sept 2008
There is bad news from the blue 780: Rust, Rust, Rust
Completely stripping it, Floor is easy to repair, Roof will be tougher, Evacuation sunroof was blocked, So now the roof is swollen with rust

Bought a 940 for no money with a sound roof to cut and weld….My intention is to bring the car up to showroom standard. Interior has been sewn new in black and blue. The bodywork is the next big job. Engine is ok but I bought a 940se TDIC with a shot head gasket for no money (as usual). Sold leather interior and rims so that my money is refunded. Intention is to overhaul that engine and gearbox completely and to put it in the blue TD when ready but there’s no hurry to do so

Specification

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780 Bertone Coupe
2.4L - 6cyl Turbo Diesel (VW origin)
129 HP
4 speed manual + OD
Discs with ABS

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The Volvo Bertone Register
VolvoWorld 780 Information

Hedwig's 1991  780 Turbo

Koen's other 780C

 Some other interesting Volvo 780 photos

 

 

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