Friday, January 4, 2013

Volvo Amazon - 1965

VOLVO AMAZON ....




In the early 30s, the " Volvo Group "had already conquered the Swedish market and began to expand on the Scandinavian Peninsula in particular its neighbor Finland. From the 60s, many successful rallies will give " Volvo "an international reputation that will allow us to begin a campaign of slow penetration of foreign markets. In the mid 70s, the company will include the Dutch manufacturer Daf range and strengthen its worm rather upmarket offering comfortable sedans more opulent than usual and quite luxurious convertibles and even family breaks rather elegant ....



The Swedish manufacturer is really his favorite model, the stunning Volvo Amazon was the first car brand to know a great international career. Having found the way foreign markets, including the United States, it will establish the brand reputation of strength, worthy of the Swedish steel. The quality of materials used in the Amazon as the construction export the serious image of the brand and founded his worldwide reputation for reliability. Whether the engine or transmission, mechanical car will gain a reputation for indestructibility. These qualities make the Amazon a police car and ideal many countries adopt, Europe and Latin America. Sedan at the discretion of bourgeois good taste, Amazon seems like a posh car. Its name was officially limited to its country of origin, covers all models of the P generation 120. Finally on the international market, the unusual Volvo Amazon is a competitor of the Mercedes 190 and Opel Kapitän ....



The Volvo Amazon , also known as the 120 Series, Volvo from the factory in July 1956. It exists in three versions, the 121, 122 and 123. Three different body types will be developed by the designer Jan Wilsgaard, a two-door sedan, a sedan with four doors and five-door hatchback wagon. The body has been an extensive study to give it rigidity. It also has an effective corrosion protection adapted to harsh Scandinavian winter will be even better thanks to the galvanizing rocker introduced in 1964. Champion of passive safety equip Volvo Amazon in series of safety belts at three points in 1959 which will be a world first for a production car. In 1968, Amazon will receive a new steering column fractional accident, complemented by a steering shock. And the following year, seat belts will take place at the rear, and head restraints in front, while the cars are equipped with a dual braking system. In 1964, disc brakes at the front are generalized to all models of the amazing Volvo Amazon ....




To promote the brand and model, the Volvo Amazon is involved in many rallies. It will be the first in Scandinavia Midnight Sun Rally, Rally Sweden Rally and the RAC in England, Belgium, Monte Carlo Rally, Greece the Acropolis Rally, the East African Safary in Kenya and France Rallye du Mont Blanc Rally Drill and many others, it will award the European title in the Tourism category in 1963. Then Volvo merely to provide assistance to independent drivers. The GT version of the beautiful Amazon was equipped with the most powerful engine of the brand and a gearbox equipped with an overdrive. In addition, this model sports receiving more equipment to bring his mind touring as additional lights mounted on the bumper, a tachometer, steering wheel or a specific generator to help charge the battery. Regarding the interior of the car, as we remain in the classic, nothing revolutionary, that's serious. Indeed, in the same spirit inside is well designed and the materials and trim are fitted and adjusted chosen carefully. The interior of the beautiful Volvo Amazon is comfortable and offers a simple but durable finish ....



As for engines, the Volvo Amazon received different types of engine, exactly three, called B16, B18 and B20. They are robust four-cylinder with five levels cylinder ranged from 1580 to 1990 cm3. The power entrusted to Zenith or SU carburetors, and the powers ranged from 60 hp to 118 hp at 5500 rev / min for a couple of 112 Nm at 3 500 r / min. In addition, the customer can choose between a manual transmission with overdrive Laycock or Borg-Warner automatic transmission. In the end, this family car instead proposed performance quite well for the time as a top speed of 170 km / h, it will be able to hunt on the lands of the BMW 1800 and the Alfa Romeo Giulia (IT Super and 1600). It found its epilogue in July 1970, after 671,322 units built during a career of fourteen. The percentage of 60% of the broadcast abroad demonstrates the success of the unusual Volvo Amazon , which today has become a model Vintage Classic rather envied by fans of the genre ....




Specifications:
  • Engine: 4 cylinder 5 steps
  • Capacity: 2 Litres
  • Power: 118 hp at 5500 r / min
  • Torque: 112 Nm at 3 500 r / min
  • Speed: 175 km / h



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