Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thorsday Thorsday Thorsday! 1965 Volvo Amazon 122S

Remember back a few years ago when that pistachio colored Volvo Amazon sold for some nutrageous price and it looked like the Amazon market was going pecans?  Yeah.  It turns out that some rampant price speculation had batted the bidding on that out of the park, and Amazons are still the decent looking, budget classics they've been for decades.  Find this 1965 Volvo Amazon 122S here on eBay bidding for $9,000 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Pittsford, MI.

And that is the real truth about the Amazon -- it was a 50's styled car (designer Jan Wilsgaard claims the design was inspired by a Kaiser) sold though 1970 and never out to be some pretentious sports car.  It didn't have a big V8 like a Mustang, a DOHC engine like an Austin Jensen-Healey, or the reflexes of a Porsche 914 -- and it wasn't supposed to.  

What the Amazon/122S did have is a 1.8 liter pushrod B18 inline-4 good for 100ish horsepower and mated to a basic 3-speed auto (although the 4-speed manual would be my choice) that put power to the rear wheels.  No fancy whiz-bang gadgetry or smoke screens (unless the valve guides are done), just an honest 2-door family sedan.

This example is in good shape and seems like one of the better examples you can  find...but I don't think the seller will get much more than the current bid because of the slushbox...but I could be wrong.  If I could tell the future, I'd be picking Powerball numbers instead of used cars.

See another classic Volvo for cheap?


  1. Good morning DT. You wrote "[Volvo did not have] a DOHC engine like an Austin-Healey". As far as I recall, AH engines were venerable old tractor motors. Not even a SOHC to spoil the classic look:


    You might want to check whether someone substituted decaf in the coffee maker. Or maybe you were thinking of an MGA Twincam.....

    1. Latent effect of powerball fever: temporary retrograde amnesia to all previous knowledge of Healey powertrains.

      There is no cure, sadly.

    2. Obviously thinking of either the stillborn Healey 4000 or the Jensen Healey?

    3. Whoops...yeah, meant Jensen-Healey with the Lotus 907 DOHC thingie.

  2. Wow that is clean. I would love to own it.

  3. They should have a few chassis shots. The wheels look green, but I bet that is actually gold and need to be original silver for me. The automatic is a deal breaker and unless bought cheap for me, but it sure is pretty. The dash is not original as stated, but a very good job.

    1. I agree about the BW35 horror show POS trans. It takes a frisky old Swede and makes her carry 4 breeze blocks in a backpack. Do an M41 OD retro-fit (watch rear-end gear ratios), and it is a different car.

      Those are very interesting over riders on the front bumper. How many dozen extra sets come with the car? Lowered suspension, gold wheels on an automatic car seeps a bit of doubt into my addled old brain about the commitment to old Volvos by the person who configured this otherwise lovely old car.

  4. I too would like to know what (if any) Austin Healey had a DOHC engine?

    Perhaps there was some rare racing version that I am not aware of, but most were push rod engines.

  5. BionicTorqueWrenchJanuary 14, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    There was a *Jensen* Healey with a DOHC four...


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