Named after the formidable female warriors of Greek mythology, the Volvo Amazon was unveiled in 1956, and was a marked departure in appearance from its fastback siblings, the PV444 and PV544. It was the first Volvo to employ the distinctive “three box” styling which would later become synonymous with the marque, and almost 670,000 examples were manufactured between 1956 and 1970.
Long associated with rugged design and excellent build quality – at a time when the same could not have been said of several of their more illustrious European competitors – Volvo employed phosphate treated steel in their bodyshells in order to improve paint adhesion, as well as extensive undercoating and anti-corrosion techniques. Consequently, Amazons became renowned for their ability to sustain high mileages in the most testing of conditions, with only the bare minimum of maintenance usually being required.
The P130 variant represented the more sporting version of the Amazon range, and was a popular comepetitor in rallying and long distance racing throughout the 1960s. This particular example was originally delivered new to the Netherlands, and has remained there ever since. The vendor is a keen Volvo enthusiast and the car is presented in excellent condition, being described as “ready to go”. Beautifully restored and finished in gleaming red with a black interior, the eminently usable nature and exceptional reliability of Amazons make them an ideal starter classic, for a remarkably modest outlay.