Tuesday, December 23, 2014

10k: Blue Fin: 1964 Volvo 122S Amazon Coupe

The Volvo Amazon was built from 1956 through 1970 and sold as the 121/122S/123GT outside of Sweden.  It was the hard working and industrious older brother of the P1800/1800S/1800ES sports car, to which it donated its engine, transmission, and suspension options.  Available as a coupe, sedan or wagon  the Amazon makes a cool vintage driver for a reasonable price.  Find this  1964 Volvo 122S Amazon Coupe offered here on eBay currently bidding for $2,550 reserve-not-met with 6 days to go, located in Milington, NJ.

The Amazon features round pontoon styling reminiscent of the '50s American cars and it features prominent pontoon fenders up front and small tail fines out back.  The design is a piece of Jan Wilsgaard's early work, before he lost his french curve and was forced to do the Volvo 140/240 series designs with only his trusty straight edge.

Under the hood of this thing is a Volvo B18 4-cylinder engine that makes 95 horsepower from its 1.8 liters of displacement.  The B18 used a robust 5 main bearing design and is legendary for its ability to withstand years driving to/from college campuses, tattoo parlors and ironic hat stores.

The interior of this blue machine is in great shape, clearly someone has put some effort into restoring this interior because there is almost zero chance that a 50 year interior would look this good even if it were stored in a vacuum.  The only thing the seller claims is wrong with the car is that the horn does not work and there are two places showing surface rust. 

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  1. The old Volvos are solid cars and definitely have 'personality', but it's kind of a lazy sort of behavior, slow steering and the old B18s I've driven rev about as enthusiastically as an old Mercedes diesel. The steering, the shifter, they're not exactly vague but they trade a lot of travel to get the effort down.

    It's not a character that really suits me, but if it's your thing have at it.

  2. Nice honest car. Really can't go wrong with this one. The pop top sunroof is a bit unfortunate, but it minor. Nice color, but doesn't appear original.

  3. Great style to these, with enough potential to make for a rewarding project. The ipd catalogue can make the Amazon a decent handler, and the familial engine transplants are well-documented, providing ample-if not necessarily alarming-oomph. Of course, there are rumors of a custom fab front end utilizing mustang II steering that supposedly really transforms the driving experience, but I don't think that customers have seen one yet.

  4. If the phrase "Slow but dependable" applies to any car, this is it. As DrDel points out, you can make them go fast, but
    I prefer the Tractor engine as it was designed. The drawback to me is the Weber carb 'upgrade'. A well-tuned pair of stock SU's has been proven to be better from low down torque to 'high' rpm driving.


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