Thanks to David W. for tracking down this jewel box of a car! This 1964 Volvo 122S Wagon is about as nice of a 122S wagon as I’ve ever seen, and this one is over-the-top nice with a few modifications for ease of driving in modern traffic. Not to mention that the listing on eBay is an absolute model for all other sellers on how to show off their product with the best photos possible and lots of them. The bid price on this Swedish beauty is up to $8,300 already and there are over five days left to get your bids in on this one!
This is one Amazon.. I mean, amazing Volvo! This car is known as the Amazon in Sweden but here in the US they were called the 122S by the time that they were introduced at the New York International Auto Show in 1959. An incredible amount of work has been done on this car to bring it up to at least somewhat modern standards as far as functioning several decades ahead of a normal 1964 Volvo 122S Wagon would. Hagerty lists a #2 “excellent” 1964 Volvo 122S as being valued at $13,500 and a #1 “concours” car at $22,700. This one will fall somewhere in-between those two numbers, in my opinion, because it’s not original. That isn’t to say that it’s not better than anything that Volvo kicked out the door in 1964, because it is, but original is king (or, queen) when it comes to concours pricing. Of course, the price of a resto-mod like this 122S would most likely be higher than a car that’s been restored back to original spec so who knows what the final price will be. There is no reserve on this auction so it’s heading to the highest bidder!
As perfect as this car looks, there is a flaw! The humanity! The lower portion of the tailgate, you know, the part that goes down while the upper part goes up in a sort of clam-shell design? Yeah, that lower portion is starting to show some rust bubbling. I’m assuming that this red color would be easier to match than on a silver car or some other metallic finish car, but white and black are probably the easiest color, or tone, to match. The underside looks rust-free and that’s probably more important than the tail gate is, rust-wise. Modifications include, “IPD sport coils and sway bars front and rear, renewed front bushings, ball joints, tie rods and idler arm, plus Bilstein shocks on all corners. The front brakes have been updated to discs with braided stainless flex lines. A 2.25″ exhaust was installed through a Dynomax muffler with side exit. The rear end was rebuilt, it’s a Dana-Spicer Type 30 axle with 4.10 gears. Rebuilt driveline with new u-joints, hanger limit straps and poly bushings.” Wow!
Hey, those seats aren’t from a 122S! You are correct, they’re from a late model Volvo 240 and they’re heated. I can’t imagine driving a car like this in sloppy, salty, snowy weather, but that’s what they were made for; Sweden isn’t exactly Arizona. Since I wouldn’t be driving this one every day I would prefer the original-spec seats, but that’s just me. The back seat is original, that’s nice. When it comes time to haul firewood home, or stow away your snow shoes and/or groceries, you’ll have more than enough room in the back. The seller says that “the gauges and controls operate correctly, the only deviation from stock are programmable intermittent wipers, on a Volvo switch. Tachometer is functional, heater and fan work great, and the correct indicator light for the overdrive has been installed.”
This isn’t a stock 1964 engine, it’s a “B20F motor from a ’72 140, it starts easily and runs beautifully, this is a great driving car. Lots of upgrades here, including a dual-line master cylinder, 1968-style steering box with collapsible column and poly coupler bearings, Bosch alternator conversion, Pertronix electronic ignition in a Philbin-built 007 Bosch distributor, and a Bosch blue coil mounted in stock location.” I had no idea that Regis Philbin made Volvo distributors! (hey, where’d everybody go?) What a cool custom Volvo! Have any of you done such intensive modifications to an “old” vehicle?