Junkyard Find: 1980 Volvo 262C Bertone Coupe

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1980 volvo 262c bertone coupe

Only 6,622 Volvo 262C Bertone Coupes were built during the Italo-Swedish machine’s 1978-1981 production run, and I’ve found two of them in California self-serve wrecking yards during the last year. We saw this silver ’79 (actually, all ’78 and ’79 262Cs were painted in Mystic Silver) last summer, and now there’s today’s find: a gold ’80. These cars were weird-looking and something of a puzzling marketing move by Volvo, but you’d think that their rarity would give them sufficient value to keep the survivors out of The Crusher‘s jaws. Nope!

Assembled in Italy!

The 262C-specific glass and trim pieces have been pulled, and there’s plenty of typical Northern California upper-body rust in places where weatherstripping failure can let water in. The lower body panels are good and solid.

We can assume that some project 262C will benefit from these parts.

If I owned one of these cars, I’d ditch the unreliable Peugeot-Renault-Volvo V6 and replace it with a good old B230 (or something more interesting). In the case of this car, though, someone has grabbed the PRV.

Still a few pieces worth taking left on this car. Let’s hope they get pulled before the car gets crushed.






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  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Apr 15, 2014

    Stoic meets Gucci with garlic underpinnings. P1800 wears the halo here... And you know they made big song & dance at PRV debut.

  • Sjalabais Sjalabais on Apr 16, 2014

    Honestly, it is a huge pity that these cars disappear. They're neither particularly pretty, nor especially good, but so interesting! What a blend...and as you say: "The lower body panels are good and solid" - the Volvo bit is solid. Surprise. In Europe, good 262C's go for 10-14000€. They are a very popular import item, that is export to you guys in the US then. 2/3 of the 262C Bertone I see for sale are US-imports, like this one from Kansas, now offered for a nice and round 10000$: http://www.finn.no/finn/car/used/object?finnkode=47626305

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  • 28-Cars-Later Thanks Corey. The head stud job on NOrthSTAR-T was $3K *years ago* as it involves an engine pull so rear wheel arch rust in and of itself isn't a show stopper. I'll be sure to check out the trunk as it may start to add up on deferred maintenance. Supposedly this was garaged so the underneath the rockers etc. should be decent but if those are shot its not gonna work.
  • Mark 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, G4NG engine with connecting rod bearing issues. Engine needs to be replaced, but Hyundai is denying warranty claim. I have all maintenance records from mile zero. It has been in Hyundai Service department 5 time in 4 months. They added the knock sensor and software update to let you know the engine is about to blow up. They kicked the can down the road doing patch work until the car was past the 120k extended extended warranty. I have that documentation too. So how can I join the class action law suit or find a Lawyer that handles these types of issues?
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