Overview
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.

Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1583ccS4 OHVVolvo S4 OHV79mm x 80mm
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
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 -
Books
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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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