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

  • Kwik_Shift A manual bug eye WRX wagon (2001-03) would interest me more.
  • El scotto Ferrari develops a way to put a virtual car in real time traffic? Will it be multiple virtual players in a possible infinite number of real drivers in real time situations?This will be one of the greatest things ever or a niche video game.
  • El scotto It's said that many military regulations are written in blood. Every ship's wheel or aircraft joystick has a human hand on it at all times when a ship or aircraft are under power. Tanks, APC's and other ground vehicles probably operate under the same rules. Even with those regulations accidents still happen. There is no such thing as an unmanned autopilot, ever. Someone has to be on the stick at all times.I do not think MB understands what a sue-happy nation the USA is. The 1st leased MB in a wreck while this Type 3 "Semi-Autonomous" driving, or whatever it is called, will result in an automatic lawsuit. Expect a class action lawsuit after the 1st personal lawsuit is filed. Yes, new MB owners can afford and ever are lawyers.Mercedes Benz; "The best wrecks or nothing!" Oh and has anyone noticed that Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura, the gray suit with white shirt and striped tie, automobile companies have stayed away from any autonomous driving nonsense?
  • Merc190 Very streamlined but not distinctive enough for a Mercedes. And besides, the streetcar of the early 20th century seems a far more efficient and effective method of people moving in essentially an autonomous manner. A motor car is meant to be driven with proper attention to what's important in every situation. To design it otherwise is idiotic and contradictory.
  • Abqhudson Passenger seating in recent accords has been unacceptable with my 5’2” wife forced to look at the dash while sitting in the hole provided.