Produced: 1958-1961, 234209 produced. ((all four door amazons))
Types: Saloon,4 doors,4 seats

In 1956 Volvo launched one of its most successful model ranges, the "Amazon" series. Starting with the 121 and 122 models the Amazon range soon established itself as a comfortable, reliable and well built car which also introduced new levels of safety equipment, still very much a novelty in the mid-50's!

The first of the Amazon cars to arrive in Britain was the 122S, essentially a twin-carb version of the 121. The 122S had a 85bhp, 1583cc four cylinder engine coupled to a four-speed gearbox. Less sophisticated features included a six volt electric system and drum brakes.

1583ccS4 OHVVolvo S4 OHV79mm x 80mm
Auction Sales History
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
217 1965 Volvo Amazon 122S Competition Coys 14 Jan 2006 Not sold
729 Volvo 122S (1961) Cheffins 7 Apr 2001 Not sold
729 Volvo 122S (1961) Cheffins 7 Apr 2001 Not sold
406 Volvo 122S (1961) Cheffins 14 Jul 1998 Not sold
079 Volvo 122S Amazon (1961) H&H Sales Limited 20 Apr 1995 £1450.00 -
113 Volvo P122S (1961) ADT 7 Dec 1993 £2800.00 -
Magazine Articles
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Article Buyers Guide - Swedish Delight - Volvo
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Publication Practical Classics February 1993
Buyers Guide - Swedish Delight - Volvo - They're tough, they're sylish and they're Volvos.  David Lillywhite examines the 120 Amazon range.
Article Group Test - Year-Round Classics - Keep on running
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Publication Classics Monthly November 2011
Group Test - Year-Round Classics - Keep on running - If you want a dependable year-round classic to beat the autumn chill, here are three of the best.  Volvo 122, Austin 1800, VW 412.
Article Buying Power - Volvo Amazon
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 19th May 2004
Buying Power - Volvo Amazon - Tougher than Abba hiding in a heavy duty Ikea cupboard, the Amazon range was responsible for establishing Volvo’s image of durability and reliability.  Want to buy one? Read RICHARD GUNN’s guide first.
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