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