Ran into this a couple of weeks ago, and thought “hmm; haven’t I seen you before, but looking a bit different?” Given that the last time I shot it for its CC was in the “junk-yard” of Trackside Auto Repair, and this time it was out front, the correlation didn’t exactly take a lot of mental effort. But quite a bit of effort has gone into turning this oft-ridiculed Bertone Coupe into something quite appealing indeed: a 300 hp turbocharged Swedish Sled, with a slick new front end too.
Here’s how it looked then.
The new nose is a huge improvement alone. It’s from a European-spec 240 series, and gives it a very clean and distinctive look.
Turns out the coupe is owned by the owner of this Volvo-oriented garage. And he’s got one or two more coupes. Someone loves them. And knows how to treat them right. Lowered sports suspension; I’m not sure where the white taillights came from.A paint job is next.
Swedish Sleds; rolls off the tongue quite nicely.
A cleaned up interior with different seat.
And of course, the most important changes are under the hood. This coupe started out as a four, but not the turbo version. I’ve already forgot half of what he told me, but needless to say, the sky’s the limit with these motors when it comes to dialing in power with more boost. 600? 650? There are some with that much. This one is still pretty mild, but I can’t remember whether he said 265 or 365 hp. Plenty, either way.