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Old 04-14-2012, 04:15 PM   #26
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You sir, with your quick action, willingness to risk and skill set, have earned the right to do to it whatever you want.

In my opinion, transformation from original will lessen any collectable value, destroy a somewhat historic car (one of the last ten 200 series Bertones produced, I believe) and increase the value of those remaining that have been left unaltered.

On the other hand, you may be creating just the car you want and will more enjoy.

I truly envy your freedom of choice and congratulate you.
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:12 PM   #27
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I think leaving the paint original and just taking good care of it (Ie waxing etc) would be fine. I Also think keeping the meshies is a good plan. painting the meshies to match, if you're very particular about the look, would be sharp, personally I'd leave them, or paint to match the lighter Gold colour.
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:20 PM   #28
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Your comment does raise a question: Volvo was phasing out the Coupes in '81. Does anyone have any production number information on the Coupes by year. Wouldn't it be neat to have the last one. The VINumber ends in 0899. I am active on another vehicle forum and they have the production numbers down to; by color by year, by coupe, by convertible. Anything like that over here in Swed land?
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:48 PM   #29
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Jason, I would love to try to restore the paint but for the horizontal surfaces that is not going to happen. I have studied the science of auto paint and they are just too far gone. I will attempt to save the bronze which is really in pretty good shape.

Something is going to have to happen to the wheels. I cleaned one just to get an fair picture. Took some but the sun was too bright to display the situation. The wheel color is copper/gold and 'clashes' with the gold/bronze and are not Volvo original.

Let the sun go down a bit and tried a picture again.



Copper/gold just doesn't get it.

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Old 04-14-2012, 06:58 PM   #30
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I'd be tempted to repaint only the needed and match the A/M wheels or paint those wheels black and swap wheels with the wagon?
I would also be torn on the 2tone. As its rare that makes it interesting however all gold might look better. Tough call.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:33 PM   #31
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I'm in the same situation,restore or redo to my taste.I'm leaning towards redoing mine all gold.I too had an 80 Bertone all gold that got pretty rusty and I parted it out.I got this one because the condition was very good except for the gold metallic paint that volvo used.It seems the volvo silver and gold metallic paints did not hold up as well as their enamels.That is why the "bronze/brown" color is in much better condition.I am 98% sure that these 2 color Bertones were first painted all gold and then the brown color was painted over the gold.So if you paint it gold it would be easy to return it to the 2 tone color at a later date.
As to the comment about a craigslist ad I 'm doing a search right now for it although it may be deleted by now.The craigslist ad had an 81 2 tone Bertone,low miles,needing work on the fuel distributor.Same story the guy spent about $2000 to get it running,car in a barn,etc.
Op how did you come to find this car?
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:58 PM   #32
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1977-78 qty built 1670 chassis # 1-4329
1978-79 " " 2120 " #4330-6449
1979-80 " " 1920 " #6450-8356
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:58 PM   #33
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R-AWD posted to a number of folks active on the forum trying to find a good home for a little orphan. I had had an '80 Bertone and lived about 75 miles away. Weather was perfect and I and a few of my scooter trash friends rode up to see it. Bought it on the spot.

The interior alone is worth what I paid for it.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:06 PM   #34
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FWIW Tom -- I'd take the restoration approach. If that was a factory paint scheme (what the hell were they thinking?) I'd try my best to keep it like that. Paint as little as possible. As for the wheels - if something else came on the car new -- and you want to go back to those, fine. But if those wheels were some sort of dealer option -- I'd stick with them. They're period correct. I had VW's back in the early/mid 80's with 'gold' Enkei's that were BBS knock-offs. Although I'm a bit ashamed to admit it...
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:10 PM   #35
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NEL-621, where would an '81 with a vin of 0899 fit into that. And a chassis number 006539?

The diversion to Italy might account for some but you chassis list puts it into '80 but the EPA decals and title say '81.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:17 PM   #36
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My numbers come from a book that was given to me by Volvo Cars of North America.It is also confirmed by other Volvo club sources.You can also look thru here for more info
http://www.volvoclub.org.uk/262c.shtml
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:24 PM   #37
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TestPoint my vin is 0900 it followed yours on the assembly line!
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:28 PM   #38
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:31 PM   #39
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Did it come with the blue box with the small tire compressor for your spare?
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:32 PM   #40
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From one of the sites above Tom --- "...final 1981 versions receiving the new frontal treatment and revised instrument panel introduced for the 1981 model year." Does yours have the 80 or 81 instrument panel?
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It has the '81 (Turbo) dash which is probably the worst issue on the car. It is going to have to be replaced or capped. Probably worth it to find the best appropriate dash in the US. No 'blue box' that I have found but did have a trunk finish matching 'pouch' for the jack and tools. Never seen that before.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:57 PM   #42
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Carpetd jack bag Bertone only!You may want to place a want ad for a dash.Very hard to find a tan dash in good condition.A black one would look good too.A black and tan one from an 88 240 will work too.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:00 PM   #43
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The only combo not covered by some of the club sites and not seen in the US is gold with black leather interior.Strangest thing,found an original one like that in France!
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the bertone had a super special undersize expanding spare tire. you may notice the rear doesn't have a butt cheek on either side of the back end. the gt's were also sans butt cheek.
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My '80 Bertone was cheekless and had the uninflated spare but this one has cheeks and a standard inflated temp spare. Perhaps why I don't have the pump.
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Perhaps another indication that it is indeed an '81 even though the chassis number info doesn't seem to jive with that on the link listed above....

Wonder if the chassis number info could be 'build year' instead of model year? My last '09 WRX bought in Jan. of '09 was built in Aug. of '08. I don't know - grasping at straws.
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That was my thought. The chassis was built in Sweden as some time before the car was shipped to Italy and officially 'manufactured'. That could have well been a year or at least enough time to cross the model year end/start date.

I did find an '81 paint color chart and it displays both the gold/bronze and the complete gold so either would be correct.

Nowhere have I found other than the 14" Corona wheels as Volvo correct for the '81. And mine are 15".
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Your comment does raise a question: Volvo was phasing out the Coupes in '81. Does anyone have any production number information on the Coupes by year. Wouldn't it be neat to have the last one. The VINumber ends in 0899. I am active on another vehicle forum and they have the production numbers down to; by color by year, by coupe, by convertible. Anything like that over here in Swed land?
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That's what we were discussing. My chassis number falls in the '80 section although the car was clearly certified as an '81 model year.

NONHOG, I just reread your post!

Swapping the wagon's 14" Coronas with brand new tires (205/70-14) onto the Bertone is a great solution. The Bertone originally came with 60 series but the 70's would look a lot more correct than the 15" non standard wheels. Painting them black with the polished rims would also go well with the silver wagon.

Great suggestion!

Next you might suggest that I swap the engines too.
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Lots of info that doesn't seem to line up. Is "chassis number" same as "VIN number"? The link just provided by R-AWD (hi Tom) shows a bunch of '81 numbers they call "Chassis Number" -- but they have the "YV....." designation that seems to match up with "VIN number". Clearly - the 6539 number shows up clearly as a 1980 model that was originally exported to Germany with the B27 version of the V6. But that's not what powers this one.....something big is amiss...
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