Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rusty RoadTripper: 1966 Volvo 122S Amazon

It was a long week, and now you've got plans to drive north across the Golden Gate Bridge and get outta town.  What do you drive?  A classic 911...nah, too expensive.  A Volkswagen Van...too hipster.  A classic Mustang...too common.  How about a 1966 Volvo 122S Amazon offered for $3999 in Burlingame, CA via Craigslist.

This isn't a perfect museum piece 122S that will get you awards at the next Concours d'Onepercenter in Palo Alto -- quite the opposite, in fact.  It is a brawler, a street fighter that will look just as good cruising down the 880 in Oakland or double parked in front of Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon.

Under the hood is a  B18 inline-4 that is attached to an M40 manual gearbox and is claimed to run/drive great. 

See a better way to drive a classic?


  1. Clearly the definition of "rusty" varies from location to location. This looks pretty clean to a "Rust Belter". Did 122s all have that wrapped exhaust manifold?

    1. Oh yah, that's definitely stock exhaust wrap from Gothenberg. And stock 1/2" copper piping behind the stock carburettor.

  2. Either paint the whole thing rust (problem solved!), or (my preference), hire a decorative painter to add patina and age.

    Make it LOOK 100 years old. Steampunk Chic.

    -Stan (who has no desire to date Steampunk Chics... I'm married, you savages...).

  3. I really like the look of these, can anyone talk to how they drive? Seems like a car that's only going to go up in value at this point.


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