Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256

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Lot 39
1970 Volvo 'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car

Sold for € 25,300 (US$ 27,587) inc. premium
Rare Works-built example
1970 Volvo 'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car
Chassis no. 345256
•In-period competition history
•Restored in the late 1990s
•Re-commissioned in 2016
•Very well documented

Introduced in 1956, the Volvo 120 Series lasted in production until 1970, by which time around half a million had been built, its build quality, toughness, and longevity helping to establish the Swedish company's reputation worldwide. Marketed in Sweden as the 'Amazon', the original 121 four-door saloon was joined by two-door (131) and estate (221) models in the 1960s. Originally of 1.6 litres capacity, the overhead-valve four-cylinder engine would grow first to 1.8 and, finally, 2.0 litres. The Amazon was also the first car to feature modern seatbelts as standard, a safety revolution at the time.

This particular Amazon shakes off all those staid characteristics to go rallying. Built on 5th November 1969, chassis number '345256' was immediately rolled into the Volvo competitions department and prepared as a Group 2 rally car. Prepared with full rally suspension, a competition-tuned B20 engine (rated at 160bhp) and a very low curb weight of only 950kg, the car was ready for action.

Delivered to an official Volvo dealer in Vetland, Sweden, 'Bilcentrum Vetlanda', the car was initially driven by Bilcentrum's sales manager, Sven Simonsson. He was a competitive driver and finished just a few places behind Stig Blomqvist on the Bergslagsklubbahna Rally of 1971, with only a small time difference. The car competed in several Swedish national rallies and many other rallies in Scandinavia before being sold to Sune Andersson in 1973.

Sune Andersson was only the second of a lengthy list of known Scandinavian drivers who entered the car in various national rallies. In the late 1990s, after years of performance and competition, the car was restored and painted from its original colour of Cherry Red to white by famed Norwegian rally-car restorer, Stein Johnsen. The Amazon then found its way to the Netherlands where it has competed in only three historic events.

Re-commissioned in 2016, the car is to full original Group 2 specification. Specification highlights include a full rally-tune 160bhp B20 engine (dynamometer sheet available); remote gearshift; limited-slip differential; full rally suspension with PU bushings and Rose joints (option for vertical mounting of rear shock absorbers); disc brakes all round; Bilstein front dampers; Spica rear dampers; FIA full roll cage; safety equipment; rally trip meter; and a set of spare rims and tyres.

The fully documented history includes a certificate of works history and correspondence with the Volvo company archive, and a letter from the Volvo Museum Gothenburg confirming matching chassis identification numbers. In addition, the car also comes with photographs of Sven Simonsson on the 1971 Östgötarally where he finished 4th; period rally results and press articles; details of all past owners (including copies of all old registration documents); original homologation documents; and period technical passports
Offered with the aforementioned period documents, photographs, and a full ownership history, this Amazon affords the prospect of a competitive entry in historic rally events such as the Tulip Rally, Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, Boucles de Spa, or Tour Auto.

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  • Please note that the complete chassis number is 131341T0345256
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Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
Rare Works-built example,1970 Volvo  'Amazon' 122S Group 2 Rally Car  Chassis no. 345256
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