Original Owner Survivor: 1967 Volvo Amazon 122S

While Volvo is mostly known for vehicles with boxy design, the esteemed Amazon model borrowed styling cues from vehicles manufactured in the United States during the early 1950s. Barn Finds reader Ikey Heyman found this 1967 Volvo Amazon 122S here on Craigslist, and it’s a very clean survivor-quality example of the gorgeous sedan.

This Volvo is available in Parker, Colorado with a clean title. The seller purchased the vehicle new in California and this is the first time it has ever been offered for sale.

The exterior of the sedan is stunning, with the seller noting that it was “always babied, always garaged.” There are no rust issues at all and the vehicle has never been in any kind of accident.

Inside the vehicle, you’ll find a very tidy and original cabin, though the front seats feature covers. Everything in the interior works, including features such as the window washer and original radio.

There’s a 4-cylinder engine under the hood, which pairs to a floor-shifted 4-speed manual to drive the rear wheels. The vehicle has 140,000 miles on it and it starts, runs, and stops great, with the seller adding that it has always been regularly maintained and driveable throughout its lifetime.

The asking price for this Volvo is $11,000, though there is some room for negotiation. Would you add this classic Volvo sedan to your collection?

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  1. ghalperin Glenn Halperin Member

    Beautiful and a good deal.

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  2. Haig Haleblian

    Saweet!

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  3. LMK Member

    Not many survivors left in that shape…

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  4. Haig Haleblian

    wish it was a coupe or a wagon

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  5. Rex Kahrs Member

    Those rear taillights always reminded me of the ’53 Chevy. These old Swedes are rock-solid, well engineered, well built, and dead reliable. This car looks great.

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  6. SMS

    You can find one for less than this, but it looks to be done very well. The light green with dark green interior is one of my favorites.

    Would want to see the condition of the seats. The rear looks a little more worn than the small image of the front. The front seat looks too puffy to be the original foam.

    Dash pad has been replaced.

    Big plus having the original dual carbs. Look to be rebuilt from the look of the intake manifold.

    Have a look at it on the lift. Look for rust and the condition of the brakes. Lots of these in Northern Ca would sit and the brakes would corrode.

    Had a 220 for a while. That is a 120 wagon. These are so much fun to toss around. Can beat on them and they hardly notice. The seats are quite comfortable and can carry a lot of stuff for a small car. An overdrive makes it better on the highway.

    Some parts are getting difficult to find.

    Change the oil, water, gear oil, grease, adjust the rear brakes, drive it often and it will stay trouble free for a few hundred thousand miles more. Want to rebuild the motor or trans. Only need a kitchen table and a few tools.

    Great cars.

    Oh, and the coupe may look better than the sedan to many. Believe me you will end up taking friends in this car and the four door is a better choice.

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    • Dickie F.

      So true. My 2 door was on 160k when I bought it.
      It ran like new, no repairs required. I upgraded the headlights and radio, then ran it for another 100k.
      No problems, very tough design.

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  7. Rob

    I thought this was the one they used on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (season 9 Episode 1) but after looking they used a 1964 which had a red interior.

    It is a pretty nice little car though.

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  8. Kurt

    It would help to see what the compression readings are per cylinder.

  9. Joe

    Back around 1975, myself and our drummer ran from Atlanta to Dallas to our next gig, in his 122S 2 door. It just loped along at 85, effortlessly. Was smoking a little, but no biggie. I’ve wanted one ever since, as they are really solidly built.

  10. Rube Goldberg

    Didn’t see a lot of 122’s. Saw more 544’s or 1800’s. My 1st car was a ’58 444, so I noticed those things. The 122 was the forgotten Volvo. I think the styling was just too dated for Americans and it wasn’t until the 140 came out that Volvo really took off. 122’s are ok cars, but they are a bit crude. They don’t get the best mileage, clunky handling and I can only imagine the lack of parts, being unwanted originally anyway. Cool car, but not $10g’s cool, sorry.

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  11. Willowen Member

    This is a twin to the one that lived with us outside of Nashville, color and all; we named it Ole Guacamole. Not as good-handling as my old 544, because of the shorter, less limber links on the rear suspension, and over the set of frost-heaves in the road out our way rear-end steering was something I had to contend with. That also can cause a fatigue fracture in one of the links, if the rubber bushings are old and hard. Mine broke, in a stunning stroke of luck, right in front of a local Volvo mechanic’s shop! He welded it up, and sold me and installed a new set of bushings.

    While the car was never the toss-and-catch twisty-road champ the old turtleback had been, it was a comfortable cruiser and plenty fast on our usual network of back roads, and having four doors was a big help when you add a baby seat. I am not pining for another one, but any Volvo in good shape is worthy of consideration.

  12. stillrunners

    Nice survivor – like .

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  13. John

    If I were to have a chance to buy any of the cars I have owned again in as-new condition, the 122S would be on top of the list.

    A silky 4 on the floor, good fuel economy around 24mpg I think, and great handling on twisty, sealed roads, especially for the skinny original tyres.

    The 122S was also a step up in safety, something I tested at around 70MPH on a tree stump in the early ’70s. Even the driver’s seat collapsed as the car fell from standing on its nose back onto its wheels.

    This looks to be in great condition cosmetically and mech. Shame its on the other side of the planet. This would go for high teens every day in Oz.

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