5k: Back To Normal: 1965 Volvo 122S Amazon Survivor

The Volvo 122S/Amazon  is regular feature on Daily Turismo because they are rugged, cool looking and (most importantly) cheap!  Imagine our shock/horror/flabergastification (that isn’t a word) when we witnessed an original condition one we featured skyrocket from the $8k when we picked it up to $36k at the end of bidding…which turned out to be some funny business, but the car still get $18k when the auction ended the second time, or roughly twice normal going rate.  Faith in humanity shaken, we continue to cautiously monitor the 122S/Amazon market for good deals and this one looks to be a well used and abused classic for a blue collar price.  Find this 1965 Volvo 122S Amazon for sale in Auburn, WA currently bidding for $4,550 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go.

This 122S wears its original black coat of paint as applied by the factory in Sweden and the seller (a small time dealer/flipper in WA) claims he purchased it from the original owner a few weeks ago.  We’d always prefer to purchase this kind of vehicle from the previous owner/driver, but sometimes one shows up at a dealer/flipper and you’ve got no choice but to pay them man his profit for nice photos and (if you are lucky) a set of sparkplugs, an oil change and some detailing work.

The engine bay hasn’t been detailed or subjected to any quick spray-paint-details (thankfully!) and the B18 4-cylinder probably sounds like a sewing machine at idle. Even
though these engines lack a cross-flow head (intake and exhaust ports
& manifolds are on the same side of the engine) they make up for
their agricultural nature with a “rorty” exhaust note and good
fun-per-dollar value.

The interior looks great with a read-on-black color scheme and a spindly unicorn horn shifter is capped with the hope diamond.  We can only imagine spinning the thin spoked steering wheel like a captain of a tug boat – ding ding!!

We love the Amazon’s styling – it was penned by Volvo designer extraordinaire Jan Wilsgaard,
who was born in Brooklyn but went on to design almost all of our
favorite vintage Volvos. Although he didn’t design the P1800, he was
responsible for its transformation into the sleek 1800ES. The Amazon is
clearly inspired by ’50s American cars, with its pontoon fenders,
vestigial tailfins and wide-mouth grille. It’s a stark contrast to
Wilsgaard’s subsequent work on the 140 and 240 series.

See a better classic 122S/Amazon for sale? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com