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      Volvo Amazon (122) history from 1957 to 1970 (and other links).


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      Re: Volvo Amazon (122) history from 1957 to 1970. (gdill2)

      Most interesting.
      Many thanks for posting this!

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      I encourage you all to enter your cars onto the Chassis Database at that page.

      http://volvochassis.se/amazon.php

      Itīs quite fun to see all these cars, and be able to search by variant, color code and country etc.

      I remember these from being listed for sale in the past, many on Ebay:
      http://www.volvoamazonpictures...0.htm
      http://www.volvoamazonpictures...9.htm
      http://www.volvoamazonpictures...3.htm
      http://www.volvoamazonpictures...3.htm

      Modified by Amazon63 at 5:51 PM 2-23-2010


      Modified by Amazon63 at 5:52 PM 2-23-2010


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      oops, wrong thread.
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      Volvo RWD parts catalog to die for - 4,927 pages!...

      http://volvoklassiekeronderdelen.nl/.../catalog_1.pdf

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      Interesting but has at least one error. It says "March 1958: 122s introduced. B18B engine with twin SU carburettors, 85bEp and four-speed gearbox. In August front three-point seat belts are introduced as standard."

      The engine introduced in March 1958 was the B16B. Following data about introduction of B18, B18D, etc seem to be correct.
      As far as I know the first ones in the US with B18 engines were about 1963.

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      The Volvo Amazon in many forms was offered in various theatres from 1956 through 1970.

      The first full model year USA B18(D) was 1962 along with front disk brakes and 12 volts.

      From: http://www.volvop1800club.se/en_histo.htm
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      On the outside there were only small changes from the prototype cars to the items in production. The V- badge on the grille was withdrawn, and the hub caps were simplified. The separate front bumpers were replaced. The interior, with rippings around doors and the rear end and storage space under the hat rack, was imitated from the Italian prototype. The dashboard became somewhat simplified. The engine was of course an very important part of the cars. The new five bearing B18 engine was introduced with the P1800. The engine was a new design even if it reminded a lot of the old Volvo four cylinder engines. The engine weighed only 143 kg thanks to the usage of aluminium in the oil and water pumps. In the B18B version, that was used in the P1800, the engine had a compression ratio of 9,5:1 and delivered 100 b.h.p. SAE at 5 500 rpm. The intake manifold had two 1 ū inch SU HS6-carburators. The engine was linked by a Borg&Beck clutch to the Volvo M40 gearbox. An electrically operated overdrive, Laycock-de-Normanville, with gear ratio of 0,76:1 was available as an option. The start of the production was delayed more than two years. Consequently it wasn’t until May 1961 the first P1800 left the factory. The first pictures of the car were released to the press in 1959 and the prototypes appeared at car show in both Brussels and New York in 1960. Many buyers were annoyed by the long time of waiting. In the USA many buyers who had paid a deposit had to wait for one year until the car was delivered. At last, however, they got a quiet and comfortable GT with great road handling, enough power and attractive bodylines.
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      On August 13, 2009, Volvo Cars will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the standard-fit three point safety belts, which appeared for the first time on a Volvo PV544 delivered Thursday August 13, 1959 to a Volvo dealer in the Swedish town of Kristianstad.
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      From my email...

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      Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012
      From: blangdon at gvtc dot com

      Subject: Re: Volvo Car Club Meet, Cross Plains, Texas, Saturday, October 20, 2012 (update #1).

      Hi George,
      Thanks for the "heads up" on the Oct. 2012 meet in Cross Plains. We probably can't attend due to distance, etc., but I wanted to let you know that I've started making new seat upholstery for Volvo 122's. I have a set of black front ones listed on EBay right now. (My EBay user name is 2oldpoops). In the future I want to make them for 544's and 1800's as well. I started sewing a couple of years ago, and really enjoy it. So far I'm only using vinyl, but would like to try leather eventually. If you know of anyone that’s interested, please pass the word along. Thanks, & take care, Bill Langdon, Spring Branch, (near San Antonio), 210-X3X-X289 (X=5) blangdon at gvtc dot com
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