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Volvo 780 – The car the 240 or 740 driver dreamed about

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The Volvo 780 in all its glory. This one is from 1990, and in excellent condition. Photo: Johan Åhlund

Behold The Volvo 780. The car that many sensible swedes really yearned for in the late 80´s. Compared to the Volvo 740 and the slightly more refined Volvo 760, the 780 with its italian design was a stunning car. Bertone did a fantastic job refining the rather dull and containerlike design. The shape of the 780 is far from the popular, immortal and dull peoplecarriers known as the Volvo 740 and 760.

The Volvo 780 – No container

Although the body resembles very much of the Volvo 760 it was based on, every single 780 bodypanel was brand new. Park it beside a Volvo 760 or  a 740 and you will surely appreciate the finer more refined and modern lines of the 780. This was a very desireable car when new here. Especially here in Sweden.

Comfortable and with great seats

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This was the perfect car for the CEO traveling in style and comfort. Over long distances. The interior is beautiful, and a bit rectangular. The car in this article has a beautiful combination with the red paint and the tan leather interion. Comfortable leather seats, excellent feel in the dashboard and descent room for four. With plenty of luggage

The design imho still looks very stylish and the car seen above is in splendid condition. The ride and performance though did not impress the motorjournalists. When it comes to driving and performance, the 780 did not match the look. It was actually pretty slow.

The luxury came wth a hefty price

The 780 was not that different to drive compared to the 760. Unfortunately the 780 was also almost twice as expensive than the 760. And it used the same 156 hp 2.9 litre V6 engine.

The Volvo 780 deserved a better engine

The V6 powerplant lacked power,  and many Volvofans desperately hoped for a faster turbo version.  Unfortunately, this did not happen. But, ok. Lets be honest. This is not a racer, its a comfort cruiser. 0-100km/h in 11 sec, 185km/h in Vmax. But man, it was and still is an elegant car with a lot of luxury features. It deserved a better, happier and more rewarding engine. Then it would have been a very strong performer. As always Volvo had included all their knowledge in safety in this car. It is built as a brick, and very safe.

A very popular youngtimer

Just 8518 Volvo 780s was made in total. The last model was sold in 1990, then in 1991 came the very loved Volvo 850. In retrospective, the 1993 Volvo 850 Turbo engine with its 2,319 cc, 225 hp and 340NM would have suited the 780 perfectly.

How ever, the 780 is a car with cult status, very loved by their owners. When did you see one on the road?

Photo: Johan Åhlund
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BMW 700 Coupé – Love at first sight

This little 1961 BMW 700 Coupe is a cracking little car. Beautiful, and very small. Photo by Johan Åhlund

The first time I saw her, it was love at first sight. She was a tiny red BMW 700 Coupé. A small sports car, with a tiny engine. Although her small engine did sound pretty nice, in general she seemed to be in good condition. Someone had taken care of her. Despite the fact that she was made in Germany back in 1961. That’s a long time ago.

Well, it’s time to start talking about her as a car. Of course, this BMW 700 Coupé has got some new parts and guessingly a whole lot of love during its 55 year life. And it has earned them. The 700 Coupé was designed by the now legendary Giovanni Michelotti, and it impressed a lot of potential buyers in early 1959 when they saw photos of BMW´s new replacement model for the tired old BMW 600.

Nice and tidy, with a Blaupunkt and a patinated look. Photo by Johan Åhlund

BMW 700 Coupé also seemed to fit as a race car. Not only as a daily driver. And it was a success on in rally’s and on the racetracks. The RS-model had an impressive 70 horsepower, and it was light, weighing just 1,323 lb.

As you can see, the lines are very beautiful. Especially in red, with red and beige interior. The dashboard is just right patinated and contains only the absolute essentials. The seats are small and thin. The steering wheel as well, and its floor-mounted four-speed gear selector and the fully independent and improved suspension made it a fun car to drive. No wonder that the owner seemed to be very happy when he stepped out of the little car.

Well, the little BMW 700 is a really beautiful little car

The rear also looks nice. Photo by Johan Åhlund

The engine was a normally aspirated 697 cc (43 cui) twin cylinder petrol engine with carburetors and four valves. It was placed in the back and the car was had rear wheel drive. BMW had earlier used the engine in their motorcycles, but found it a perfect fit for the 700 Coupé.

Is was available in either 30, 32 or 40 HP. However, 40 HP was only found in 700 Sport Coupe.

The car in this article is an ordinary BMW 700 Coupé. With 32 horsepower (24 Kw), it’s not a Ferrari competitor. But thanks to small dimensions, light weight (only 640 kilos) it actually was quite fast. And fun to drive. There is no problem to reach 70 mph/h. You just need to wait a little to get there, 0-60 took at least 32 seconds. But who cares about performance when it comes to this little beauty? It’s a little gem, and in fact the 700 saved BMW from bankruptcy when it was new. These days it’s a true and rare little car. It makes me glad when I see it. Although it’s a very rare sight.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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