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.
This particular Amazon 121 has undergone a ground up restoration in November 2018. It benefits from the B18 engine with twin SU carburettors and an overdrive fitted. Recently the car has been fitted with a new battery, a Simonz sports exhaust, three point seatbelts, spotlights and new tyres. These Amazons are continually rising in price and this well looked after example is competitively priced for the new owner and ready to enjoy immediately.