Volvo Ama­zon

This Ama­zon has been cher­ished by the same owner for 41 years – which helps to ex­plain its su­perb con­di­tion to­day

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Sam Mace

WHAT’s IT like TO DRIVE?

De­spite the odome­ter read­ing the ac­tual mileage of this car is be­lieved to be 250,000-300,000 miles, but that doesn’t come across in the way it drives. The gear­box is a real plea­sure to use, with the car en­gag­ing all of its gears silently and smoothly. The twin-carb en­gine revs smoothly and doesn’t hes­i­tate or mis­fire, and it runs qui­etly at idle with no stut­ter­ing or over­heat­ing. There’s no spongi­ness through the throt­tle, brake or clutch pedal – it feels like this Volvo has been well looked af­ter, and pa­per­work sup­ports that.

BODYWORK CHECK

It is struc­turally sound all round, with noth­ing re­quir­ing im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion, al­though there are a few mi­nor nig­gles to keep a hands-on owner busy. The in­ner lips of the rear whee­larches have some chips to their paint, caus­ing some very mi­nor sur­face rust. There are some paints runs on the front panel that houses the grille, where it meets the front wings, sug­gest­ing the car has seen some paint­work in re­cent years. All of th­ese are only ob­vi­ous un­der scru­tiny, though.

HOW’s THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The seats are in good or­der and free of rips, holes and sag­ging. The door­cards are in fine con­di­tion, but the painted metal sur­faces above them are lightly scratched. The ven­dor has fit­ted a new, gen­uine Volvo dash­board and re­place­ment car­pets, which look bril­liant and fit well. The roof lin­ing doesn’t sag, but there is some stain­ing around the af­ter­mar­ket sun­roof.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

Lift the bon­net and the first thing that will strike you is the sound-dead­en­ing ma­te­rial. This was added by the pre­vi­ous owner and while it’s not pretty, it’s free of damp and doesn’t ap­pear to be con­ceal­ing any rot – and it does its job very well. The en­gine it­self is well pre­sented. Aside from a very small amount of oil weep­ing from the block, it’s dry and clean. The dis­trib­u­tor cap looks brand new, and all of the Ama­zon’s hoses and leads are sup­ple and crack-free. Only a ra­di­a­tor with some miss­ing and de­formed gills spoils things. The car’s also got plenty of ser­vice his­tory and pre­vi­ous pa­per­work to vouch for it be­ing well main­tained. It was sup­plied new by Park­way Volvo of Lil­liput, Poole, to its first owner of 41 years.

OUR VER­DICT

It will be a strug­gle to find an Ama­zon that’s as me­chan­i­cally sound and as good to drive as this one. It willo be suop­plied with a fresh MoT and pre-de­liv­ery in­spec­tion (PDI). There are a few lit­tle cos­metic jobs that need at­tend­ing to, but there is noth­ing stop­ping the next owner from us­ing and en­joy­ing this car ev­ery day.

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