The Volvo Amazon ‘executive car' was manufactured between 1956 and 1970. Featuring strong articulation front and rear, with slight tail-fins - echoing the transatlantic styling ‘in-vogue' at the time, the Amazon's bodywork was constructed of phosphate-treated steel with heavy use of under-coating and anti-corrosive oil treatments.
The lively 66bhp 120 series engine outperformed many sports-cars of the time, being equipped with a 4 speed gearbox often with overdrive.
Enjoying mythological status as one of the greatest sellers of the time, many "million-milers" as they are sometimes known, are still used as daily-drivers throughout the world; testimony indeed to the amazing build quality.
Still used in classic rallies throughout the world and a former winner of the Acropolis Rally, Amazons were regularly seen participating in the London to Sydney and Montecarlo Rallies.
Those privileged to have owned the 120-series pay testament to their virtues of strength, reliability and simplicity to maintain.
Highly-original, immaculate Amazons similar to this particular vehicle, with unmarked interiors (including the highly coveted original rubber flooring material) are in much-demand, those with outstanding bodywork and interiors even more so.
This 121 manual four-door saloon reflects a highly-cossetted life having seemingly been fastidiously maintained since being despatched from "Speed's Volvo of Alfreton" in 1967, as the authentic pressed registration plates confirm (such is the originality). The current odometer reading of 93'979 miles suggests sparing use over it's 47 year existence. Purchased by the current owner, it became his obsession post-acquisition, to bring the car to ‘best of breed' status. The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale will be the first time since 2 ½ years of grit and determination have been spent attempting to realise the dream.
Supplied with a 12 month ‘no advisory' MOT, the Amazon is now ready to be enjoyed as it attempts to cement its own place in Volvo's renowned ‘High Milers Club' as well as in the heart of it's new custodian.