Lot 245 - 1968 Volvo 122S Amazon Estate
|Odometer reading||95,000 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,800|
- Fully restored in South Africa
- Fitted with a Mercedes-Benz Supercharger
In 1956, a prototype of a new passenger car from Volvo was released. The car became known as the Amazon in Sweden but 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. The estate version was introduced at the 1962 Stockholm Auto Show and Volvo manufactured 73,000 examples between 1962 and 1969. These cars featured a two-piece tailgate with the lower section folding down to provide a load surface and the upper section that hinged overhead, which was innovative at the time considering that Range Rover introduced them to their new 4X4 later than Volvo. The vehicle's rear license plate, attached to the lower tailgate, could 'fold up' such that when the tailgate was lowered and the vehicle was in use, the license plate was still visible – clever! The Amazon platform was used as the basis for the P1800 and 1800ES, famed the world over of course as being used by The Saint and Roger Moore!
This wonderful example was restored in South Africa and was imported from there in 2018. The original engine block has been modified to two litres to accommodate a Mercedes-Benz SLK pistons and has been fitted with a Mercedes-Benz Supercharger from a Kompressor model which gives it great performance as you can imagine. The interior is in superb condition and has been re trimmed in black leather. The suspension at the front has been lowered slightly and the rear raised, creating a cracking looking car with performance to match. A lot of fun but still a practical family car by today’s standards!
Previous lotLot 244 - 2001 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.