I am a man of many strange automotive appreciations, I’ll be the first to admit, but the strangest kink I have might be the Volvo Bertone coupes. For the life of me, I can’t provide a solid reason why I like the shape of this car as much as I do. It’s easy to explain the basic Volvo 200-series appreciation…from the moment I first turned tires to smoke using a 1975 Volvo 242DL, I could appreciate the performance. From countless hours of YouTube videos that have the words “rally” and “crash” somewhere in the title, I learned to appreciate the level of safety that the Swedish were trying to incorporate into their vehicles. Yet the Bertone…it looked like it should’ve had a V8 from the start. In two-door form, the 262C looked like it had a chopped roof. And it wasn’t by accident…after Henry Ford II brought Lincoln Continental Mark IVs to Sweden to drive around during a visit to a Volvo factory, the workers became smitten with the American luxo-coupe and decided that they needed one of their own.
This example is sitting in Colorado with a price near the upper end of the Rough Start budget. There’s some rust repair that needs to happen around the rear wheelwells, but we see the good that can be. Whether that good retains the PRV V6 or goes for a more bombastic approach underhood, that will depend on how quickly your cash reserve fills back up. But for the time being, get some decent rubber on those wheels, start the bodywork and enjoy the car as-is. The Volvo reputation is worth sampling on it’s own before you start messing with what’s present.