Saturday, October 27, 2018

One Owner Classic: 1967 Volvo 122S Amazon

The Volvo Amazon (called the 120 series outside of Sweden) was the more practical, more upright older sibling of the P1800 "sports" car, to which it donated its engine, transmission, and suspension option list (mostly). Today the values of the 1800 series coupes and 1800ES shooting brakes have started to tick up, leaving the Amazon behind slightly. But now we're starting to see some action on the nicely preserved examples of the pre-brick Volvo sedans & wagons, for good reason - they are solidly built, fun to drive, look great and should live forever. Find this 1967 Volvo 122S Amazon offered for $4100 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:
1967 Volvo 
condition: good 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
Hello I am selling a 1967 Volvo classic original one owner with 80,000 original miles !! Very nice and clean !!

Must see to appreciate !!

well kept up Paperwork pink slip in hand Asking $4100 best offer call me anytime please call a few times and leave me a message if I don't answer

See a better way to drive something Swedish?


  1. Looks nicer than most. Why doesnt it have it's original plates if it is a one owner ( unless it went out of state and gave up the plates)? We on the West Coast are a little compulsive about that! Is the rabbit fur on the seats original? Pattern looks like it might be though. Can't rcall.

    1. My original blue-plate '72 240Z had it's tags stolen in Hollywood in 2015. When I reapplied for replacement plates, I was issued standard white CA tags with a 6XXXXXX number. That's one possibility for this car.
      Or they moved, as you mentioned.

    2. The rabbit fur isn't original - looks to be sympathetically reupholstered in the original style.

  2. Why do people post pictures of their car for sale with the hood slightly open like that?

    1) It wont close?
    2) If closed it won't open?
    3) The shut lines show it is so out of alignment that the frame must be bent?
    4) The engine compartment is full of snakes, let the buyer deal with them?
    5) "I was adjusting the valves and dropped a tool into the engine and was so preoccupied with that and wanting to get rid of the car that I didn't even notice the hood was open"

    1. Oh, there's a empty gallon water jug in front of the car, I'll go with "I keep adding water, where does it all go?"

    2. It looks like it has a thermometer under it's tongue. haha

  3. Wow, tough crowd today! A clean original Volvo 122 for a reasonable price. Ask for a bunch more photos, and then get on the plane to SF.

  4. I dont recall seeing all that many palm trees in the bay area... where is this car currently located?

    1. There are more than you would imagine until you start looking for them and then you notice them all over. Birds eat the seeds and fly around pooping like, well birds, and the next thing you know, palm trees all over the place. An invasive weed for sure. Worse than eucalyptus. I mean I like eucalyptus except for the burn everything down every 30 years or so part. Palms are just plain ugly and filled with rats.

    2. Well, I learned something about palm trees today! Thanks.

    3. You should read this PBS article about SOCal palm trees if you REALLY want to become a Palm tree expert. A Brief History of Palm Trees in Souther Cali


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