Lot 263 - 1968 13106 Amazon 131 B18
|Odometer reading||30,650 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,640|
In 1956, a prototype of a new passenger car from Volvo was
released. The car became known as the Amazon in Sweden and badged
the 121 and 122S on the export market. In September 1961, yet
another version based on the 121/122S was presented, a two door
saloon. This version was an eagerly awaited model, particularly by
the Swedish market, as Sweden was a typical market for two door
cars at that time. Technically, there was no difference between the
two models although the doors were longer on the new two door model
to make it easier to get into the rear seat. The rear side windows
could be opened at the rear edge to improve ventilation. The two
door version was somewhat lighter; it was also regarded as a
sportier version and was therefore used in competitions, both
within the rallying and motor racing fraternity.
Presented today is an ex concours award winning 1780cc Volvo Amazon 131 B18 (badged 121 which designates engine size) in remarkable condition. The coachwork is presented in the original sand colour and retains excellent panel lines including sharp door skin returns and original spot welds visible on the wheel arches. Apart from a stitching repair to the passenger seat, the matching tan trim including the correct rubber mats and dashboard, may be described as excellent. This UK supplied Amazon was originally sold by the Brooklands Motor Co. Ltd, St John's Wood, London, on 3rd April 1968 and the original sales invoice is within the beautifully prepared history file. Of note is the hand written letter from the supplying dealer to the new owner, dated 24th April 1968. Also within the file are old MoT test certificates dating from March 1981, an owner's handbook, a service booklet and records of the concours results.
Only two previous owners are recorded on the UK registration document, the first owner being a Mr. C E Brixley who owned the car until 1983. We are advised that the car will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate and valid Historic road fund licence.
This is a remarkable and handsome Amazon that any collector would be proud to own and with a keen estimate must surely represent an ideal opportunity for the Amazon enthusiast.
Previous lotLot 262 - 2001 12915 550 Maranello
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