In September 1956 in Swedish town of Örebro, Volvo presented to the press a car developed at the factory under the type code 1200. It was, off course, a successor to the PV444/544 series, which was produced by the Volvo under the code 1100. Production started soon after the presentation. Part of the reason for the rapid start of production was certainly also in the roots of the new model, of which e.g. the wheelbase was borrowed directly from the predecessor. The body of the car was designed by only 26-year-old Jan Wilsgaard, who took influences from the American, British and Italian car design styles of the 1950s. The four-door hatchback was fresh and impressive, and liked at first sight. Wilsgaard later became Volvo’s head of design, responsible for the design of several different model series in several decades.
During the production phase, the model series of new model was named the 120 series, and the basic model equipped with one carburetor as the 121.
The model name was at first supposed to be Amason with an S, but the German motorcycle manufacturer Kreidler had just introduced the Amazone moped. It was agreed that Volvo could use the model name in the Nordic countries, elsewhere the car was known as different versions of the 120 series. In the end, the car was presented to Nordic customers with the concise name Amazon, which was borrowed from Greek mythology. It meant a female warrior, but now, after its introduction 67 years ago, it is still perhaps the most iconic Swedish family car.
In 1958, Volvo introduced the 122S, where the fuel was dosed by two carburetors and the power output had increased by 19 horsepower to 85. Soon, also a different body models came available for demandable consumers: in 1961, a two-door version of the saloon was introduced, and a year later, a five-door station wagon. The Swedish family station wagon was equipped with a two-part tailgate and spacious spaces for both passengers and luggage.
This 1967 station wagon in question was sold as new in Finland. In 1993, the car was bought by Volvo collector, who in 1997 registered Amazon as a museum vehicle. The car is still in exceptionally original condition. Over the years, the car has been painted in the original dark green shade. The dark brown vinyl upholstery on the seats is still original and intact.
The current and fourth owner bought the car in 2006 and has enjoyed it in the summer for 17 years. The car has been serviced regularly and stored in a warm garage. During current ownership the clutch and exhaust have been renewed and the wearing parts of the brakes have been replaced. The museum vehicle was MOT/Tüv inspected in spring 2021, and the inspection is valid until spring 2025.
A beautiful and practical classic car for the whole family, ready to enjoy.
The car is located in Kirkkonummi, about an hour’s drive from Helsinki–Vantaa airport.
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