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4 door saloon and 2 door coupe

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      26.02.2001 23:50
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      Do you want the prestige of owning a classic car, but are afraid of the costs, replacements and reliability? Well then, let me tell you about Betsy, a Volvo Amazon, 122s: I 'inherited' this car from my father, previous to this (in my student days), I had driven that little sardine tin on wheels, the 2CV. Betsy (as she was VERY fondly referred to), had been a twinkle in my eye for some time now, as my father had lost interest and was scouting around for a BMW. She was round, red and covered in chrome, the perfect car for a graduate art student to pose in. Volvo began the production of the 120 series in 1956 (running until 1970), the 122s was the third of the line (or rather the 's' version was the special option on the second). The Amazon was equipped with the same engine as her slightly sportier little sister, the Volvo P1800s coupe (better known as 'The Saints' car), a B18 engine (also used in several other cars at a later date). The 's' basically meant that there were five gears (yes, Volvo were way ahead of the pack with this one), or rather an overdrive facility to fourth gear that lowered fuel consumption (another good idea as the car does guzzle). For all the ladies -the engine is incredibly simple, so you shouldn't spend too much time with your head under the bonnet, I got the hang of it pretty quickly. The Amazons are reputed for their solidity: At 1 tone and 90 kilos you would expect as much, but not so much for their speed (at 1 tone and 90 kilos you would expect that too). The reported top speed is ninety-five miles an hour, but I can say, with confidence, that they will go to their maximum of one hundred and twenty (me, speeding officer? In this old thing? You must be mistaken, officer). The years may have passed, but Volvo had the same reputation back then as they do now: The Amazon is such a reliable classic, starting first time in all weather conditions, built like a tank, not pr
      one to rust and impeccably smooth driving. This has a drawback, as many of the Amazons you find on the market have been seriously over driven; I was lucky enough to have one of those 'one elderly female owner' deals, so check out the mileage before you buy. A little note here: Did you know that when seat belt laws first came into being (1958), Volvo IMMEDIATELY installed them into their production line - it took other car manufacturers several years to follow suit. Another plus point to this classic is the VERY active club, surprisingly enough called the Volvo Amazon Owners club. They hold annual rallies and shows, have a great club magazine and endless lists of specialized mechanics, parts suppliers etc. on tap. I was a member for several years and proud owner of two, second place Best In Class trophies. Unfortunately, a very nasty man decided to drive into me at sixty miles an hour, and, sadly, Betsy was towed away to the great scrap heap in the sky - but not for long! A member of the owners club heard about the accident, and knowing the car decided to renovate her. I love a story with a happy engine/ending. Reliable, simple, easy to maintain, classic lines and a little bit nippy when she wants to be - this could be the classic car for you. Dimensions: Length: 4.45 meters Width: 1.62 meters Height: 1.50 meters Weight: 1 tone 90 kilos Engine: Twin carburetor B18 Price guide: 3,000 - 5,500 pounds

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