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Pick of the Day: 1980 Volvo 262C Bertone coupe

An automotive supergroup


Adding an icon to a great team can be a recipe for success. It’s like adding Neil Young to Crosby, Stills & Nash or maybe the work of Blind Faith. The automotive examples of a supergroup have some less than stellar examples, the Chrysler TC by Maserati comes to mind, but sometimes a partnership of two talented car builders can lead to a great product.

1980 Volvo 262C Bertone coupe
1980 Volvo 262C Bertone coupe

The Pick of the Day is this 1980 Volvo 262C Bertone coupe listed for sale on by a dealer in Lavergne, Tennessee (Click the hyperlink to view the listing)

“Volvo had a partnership with the legendary design house Bertone that injected a whole new sense of style,” the listing states. “After all, the company has its own 242 two-door, but the 262C was a true grand touring coupe. The lower roof, longer doors, and better proportions injected a new sense of style into this very sensible brand. This example is highly original, and even the low odometer is believed to reflect its full mileage.”

The original exterior is finished in Coronado Gold complemented by Bertone badging and this Volvo rides on turbine-style alloy wheels.

It’s powered by a 2.3-liter inline-4 engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission featuring electric overdrive. It has power disc brakes on all four corners and power steering.

“Part of the 262C’s luxury image is rooted in the level of features it offers,” the listing states. “This includes power windows, power locks, wood-like trim, an AM/FM/cassette stereo, and an electric rear defogger. This was also a factory A/C car, but it will need components to return the function. And you’ll appreciate how this feels like a proper European touring car with a grippy steering wheel, full gauges with tach, and a well-placed stick shift.”

The market for vintage Volvos is on the rise and this Bertone coupe is a solid example of a unique partnership that produced a great car. The dealer is asking $12,995 for this Volvo 262C Bertone coupe and to me it is a proper deal for a car that will get you second looks on the road.

Ultimately this Volvo 262C Bertone is a Coronado Gold supergroup and to view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.



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