If you’re a Volvo fan, you probably know the obscure 780, but for those who don’t, it was an odd mashup of Volvo and Italian styling house Bertone, which had been contracted by Volvo to make the brand’s boxy cars a little more beautiful and emotional. The result was a coupe version of the Volvo 740, which actually did look surprisingly nice — though it was unmistakably Volvo, and I’m not exactly sure how many minds it changed about Volvo as a brand.
Not surprisingly, the 780 was relatively rare, as most shoppers in the late 1980s and early 1990s turned elsewhere if they wanted a coupe — even though this one was styled by Bertone and even featured the Italian company’s logo on the car’s C-pillar. As a result, there aren’t many 780 models left — but this one seems like a pretty nice survivor.
Offered by a private seller in Carefree, Arizona, outside of Phoenix, this 780 is white with a tan leather interior, and it’s traveled just 101,000 miles in the 30 years since it was sold new. It seems to be in nice shape, and Arizona is one of the best places to preserve cars, since there’s no rust and little climate variation to wreak havoc with vehicles. This particular 780 is listed for just $4,500, which makes it a bit of a bargain, too — at least, if you’re into older Volvo models.
If you didn’t know about the Volvo 780, you aren’t alone — but now that you do, you might find it interesting that the brand once worked with the Italians to create a coupe. And now, you can buy one of the few nice ones that’s left.