In 1962 Volvo’s stand at the Stockholm Auto Show of 1962 must have been a hive of activity, with three news cars making their debut.

Models that would shape Volvo’s image for the remainder of the decade.

While a lot of attention was understandably focused on the new and exciting 1800 sports coupe, for the more practical the new generation Amazons, included an eagerly awaited estate version, were equally well received.

Overdrive was also available for those who opted for a manual gearbox, while automatic transmission became another option from 1964.

With the 122 series, Volvo began to turn their attention more towards increasing passenger comfort as well as safety, introducing a unique design of reclining front seats that could be individually adjusted to find the optimum driving position.

Disc brakes became standard on all Amazon 122 models, while the estate was fitted with power-assisted brakes.

To ease cargo loading, the Amazon 122 came with a specially designed two-piece tailgate, which allowed the lower section to fold completely flat.

This feature provided the dual advantage of providing a flat and stable load bearing surface, which with the upper section of the tailgate capable of opening to its maximum, thanks to specially designed hinges, allowed more than ample access and added length.

The 122 series remained in production throughout the Sixties, selling close to six hundred models, the last of the” Amazons”.

Domestic production was phased out in 1967, although the model did remain in production at other Volvo subsidiaries throughout the World until the summer of 1970.


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