Pristine 1988 Volvo 780 Coupe Blends Bertone Styling With Swedish Flair For €47,500

The last Volvo C70 rolled off the assembly line in 2013 in Sweden and the brand hasn’t offered a two-door coupe since then.

Some would be quick to argue that’s not true, given that the Polestar 1 is a coupe. It is, but it does not feature Volvo badging as it’s built under a new brand.

Come to think of it, it’s quite a shame that Volvo doesn’t make a coupe anymore, given the C70’s illustrious predecessors which included the P1800, the 262C, and the 780 Coupe. The latter model has to be the most understated of Volvo’s coupes and a real hidden gem precisely for that reason: it’s an elegant rear-wheel-drive Volvo coupe styled by Bertone.

The Italian design powerhouse didn’t just give the 780 its timeless appearance but also handled production of the two-door model. Yes, the Volvo 780 Coupe was assembled at Bertone’s Turin plant in Italy, largely by hand — just like its predecessor, the 262C.

Sadly, the 780 didn’t enjoy the sales success it would have deserved, with only a little over 8,500 units being built from 1986 to 1991. The upside? The low production run, superb Bertone styling, and bulletproof 700 Series chassis turned it into a classic in recent years. Italian elegance and Swedish reliability make this car a sought-after “youngtimer” in Europe.

How else would you explain that a pristine example like this 1988 Volvo 780 Coupe is listed for sale for €47,500 (approximately $53,500)? Described by the seller as “probably one of the best of its kind,” this example only covered 47,633 kilometers (29,597 miles) from new. It was delivered in The Netherlands straight from the factory and spent most of its life in the company of the original owner.

They only recently parted ways with the 780 Coupe which has always been kept inside a heated and ventilated garage. Everything you see on the car is in original factory spec, including the paint. All the maintenance work has been done at a Volvo dealership and the car comes complete with the original maintenance booklet and dealer invoices.

Here’s hoping the next owner will work the 170 PS (168 hp) 2.8-liter V6 engine more than the first buyer because this rear-wheel-drive Volvo 780 Coupe deserves to spend more time on the open road.

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Italian elegance head scratching on how to style a brick and Swedish reliability

    • McFly

      In the 80’s there was a lot of connections between Swedish and Italian car design (a lot of Italian “bricks” too). So a Volvo designed by Bertone maybe wasn’t that far fetched.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Not far fetched. Just how do you redesign a brick!

  • charlotteharry57

    Beautiful. Other than the low window beltline, this styling has aged very well.

  • willhaven

    They’re out of their mind with that price.

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      its worth the price.

  • eb110americana

    I remember the first time I saw one of these on the road. It’s funny, with every sedan today touting “coupe styling” or outright calling themselves a “4-door coupe,” this coupe looks like a sedan with missing cutlines for the rear doors. Which is exactly what I thought as I stared at it in confusion, trying to figure out if it was a Volvo 2-door or 4-door.


  • Alx

    super cool.

  • Vanishing Boy

    Did the 2.8L V6 (170hp) came with a 4-speed manual? Thanks!

    • Umberto Ledfooti

      Not in the 780, AFAIK; back in the day, they may have taken special orders for the M46, 4 speed plus overdrive manual. 1988 year models as standard had a B280 engine with Bosch LH 2.2 fuel injection – it is different from the earlier B28 V6 – with an AW71 4 speed automatic transmission.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Be pretty hip to own that square.

  • Umberto Ledfooti

    I like my 780.

  • That phone is just so cool.

  • ME

    Best looking Volvo ever

  • TheBelltower

    So 80s. Love it!

  • Bash

    Oh those 80s brush like near the gear shifter.

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