1966 Volvo 122S Amazon --
1966 Volvo 122S Amazon Excellent Driver! Teal Metallic / Tan Leatherette Fuel-Injected B20 and 4-Speed! Type: 12246 VL Chassis Number: 213645 Evolve Motors and Chicago Car Club are pleased to present this 1966 Volvo 122S Amazon! We purchased this ‘66 Amazon from a gentlemen in North Dakota who had told us “it’s not original, but it’s a ******* blast to drive”. Now having the car here in Chicago, we wholeheartedly agree with his assessment. Exterior: Looking at the color codes on the VIN tag under the hood, the car was originally pearl white with red interior. Now, fifty years later, the car wears teal metallic paint with tan interior. While they couldn’t be farther apart, both are excellent color combos. Metallic has a nice deep sparkle to it under direct light. Paint is the textbook definition of a ten-footer. Looks phenomenal from ten feet away, but under close inspection has some faults. There’s some bubbling around the driver’s side headlight, as well as a handful of rock chips and light scratches scattered around the car. Chrome is very nice throughout; front and rear bumper appear to be new, as does the chrome trim around the lights. Front grille has some dings in it. Lights are all intact and functional, roll up windows all track well, and glass is all clear and crack-free, with the exception of a tiny nick on the lower windshield. Wheels are in nice shape; there are some very light dings on a couple of the chrome hubs, but no curb rash. Interior: We really like the interior of these cars, they’re ergonomically perfect. The driving position provides good visibility, and the placement of the gear lever feels just right. Brake pedal and accelerator are perfectly staggered and close, making for some great downshifting. Another thing we really like about the interior of this car is the rubber floormats in place of carpeting. This just adds to the “driver” nature of the car, hop in with muddy shoes and don’t think twice about it. With the exception of the leather dash cover peeling up off the metal dash, the interior is in very nice shape. Tan leatherette seats are comfortable and free of any scratches, scuffs, or tears. Both front and rear seats are very nice, but the rears are so mint they look to have never seen use. White headliner is tight and in as-new condition. Original steering wheel is in nice shape. Gauges are all functional. The original radio remains in place, though there is a Kenwood KDC152 mounted below the dash, Quinn speakers sound great. Wipers, lights, and fan are all functional. No air conditioning. Doors open and close without any fuss. Under the Hood / Underbody: This is where this car really shines. First off, it’s in excellent shape underneath. Having been in the dry, no-salt state of North Dakota, the car hasn’t suffered from rust issues. Please take a good look through the underbody photos – there isn’t even surface rust to note. I continuously say that this car is a “driver”….it’s truly a blast to drive. The car starts right up, idles cool, shifts buttery smooth, and stops very well. It’s surprisingly peppy too; while the car was originally equipped with the somewhat anemic B18 motor, the car now runs a fuel-injected B20, which was a larger, more powerful evolution of the B18 first introduced in 1969. Now with around 130hp on tap and a four-speed manual, this little Volvo really gets moving. Odometer reads 40,654 miles, though the motor is not original to the car. Overall, this is an interesting car with serious charm. It truly needs to be driven to be understood and appreciated. I cannot stress how good this car feels on the road. The smiles-to-dollars ratio is STRONG. For more information or to discuss purchasing, please reach out to Jake at Evolve Motors / Chicago Car Club at 773-267-2684.