Lot 1972


1961 Volvo Amazon B16 122S
Reg. no. JSK 854
Chassis no. t.b.a.
Engine no. t.b.a.
Launched in 1956, Volvo’s Amazon range was never actually sold under that name outside of Sweden – German motorcycle manufacturer Kreidler had already registered the name for European use. The cars were instead sold as the 120 series. In 1958, a new range-topper – the 122S – was launched, featuring a twin-carburetted, high-compression of the durable 1.6 litre B16 engine. The cars were well-regarded, being praised for their comfort and surprisingly sprightly performance, along with those most Volvo-like of characteristics – safety and robustness. Volvo also made great efforts to rust-proof the Amazon; an unfortunate rarity among its contemporaries. Production ended in 1970. Today Amazons are still popular, particularly in historic rallying thanks to their reliability and tuning potential.
This 1961 122S is a rare model from the last year of the B16 engine; differing in many ways from the more common later versions, the vendor states he has never seen one the same in 30 years around Volvos. It has been sensibly upgraded from 6 volt electrics to 12 and from drum brakes on the front to discs, and the engine, chassis, gearbox and bodywork are good. The vendor reports that, despite the paintwork maybe needing attention and the interior being worn, the car is admired as it is. It comes with a V5c, some bills and an MOT to March next year, plus the old electrical and brake parts and some spares.

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