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View Poll Results: Amason / Amazon / 121, 122, 123 etc.
Sub zero 2 8.70%
Cool 16 69.57%
Uncool 3 13.04%
Seriously uncool 0 0%
Meh 2 8.70%
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Running from 1956 to 1970......this replaced the old PV, and in doing so set the mould for the modern conception of Volvo as we know it today. Practical, rugged, reliable, proven in motorsport*. Stylish, understated and eminently cool when dropped the **** down.




* Volvo won the European Rally Championship in 1963 with a 122S. In 1963 a 122S driven by Tom Trana finished a very close second to Jaguar in the European Touring Car Championship. Amazon's raced all over the world, rallying and on track.

During the Acropolis Rally in 1965, two Volvo service crew members were killed. In 1966 Volvo withdrew from official factory competition but continued to support privateers.
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My dad had a 121 many moons ago. Nobody had a clue what it was and I loved it. My uncle had a 122S which was even better. Definitely cool. Tough, handsome, unpretentious, cool.
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Pretty car, I'd say cool.
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Mmmm. No. Uncool for me. But this one, which I believe is owned by Guy Martin, would get a Cool vote from me. It's got a 2.8 litre 6 Cylinder engine which I believe produces over 700bhp

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In the cool camp on this one I used to have a 1970 2 door 131 20b. The kids loved it to bits.
Only thing that used to let it down were the horrible vinyl seats
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Cool enough by being original and different to the run of the mill machines of that period.:

I have vague memories of servicing a few of them in the middle sixties? 5 bearing crank on some models, twin CD Strombergs, and a switch to Girling discs about then again iirc?
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You bet your ass they're cool! This hot darling took two young swedes from the far north of Sweden through 6500km's of Europes B, and C-roads from Östersund in northern Sweden, through Denmark, through Germany and it's insane hills and mountain passes all the way to Champagne in France to buy some bubbly and drive back home again. In three weeks.
All this with a souped up 2.2L B20 with a dual Weber 32/36, all loaded up with survival gear like beer, wine, BBQ, tents and champagne. We each had around 70-80 bottles champagne and wine by the time we got home. Averageing 6.7L/100km it just chugged on and on and on and on like a true champ. Never missed a beat.

To treat her with something nice after having done such a trip we got her a brand new set of tires when we got back. Oh yeah, did I mention we drove through all of Europe with studded tires because there wasn't deep enough pockets to get those replaced before the trip - only the outer row of studs were pulled out with pliers and anger so that it wasn't too obvious until we hit the roundabouts!

Yeah Amazons are cool.


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Mmmm. No. Uncool for me. But this one, which I believe is owned by Guy Martin, would get a Cool vote from me. It's got a 2.8 litre 6 Cylinder engine which I believe produces over 700bhp
Originally put together by a Swedish chap by the name of Mattias Vocks who was working for Koenigsegg at the time. His acking price when he put it up for sale was in the region of £70k IIRC. It is an awesome machine.
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Dad worked with a guy whose father-in-law was a prison warder who lived down the road from us (bear with me) - he had one. The registration was HUN711E. He stripped it and Waxoyled every part before he drove it. It was immaculate. He replaced it with Cortina MkIV 2.0S RFK555R

I'd have killed for either of 'em
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I thought Guy Martin was supposed to relatively penniless, and it was instructive comparing him as a famous TT racer to people in more organised versions of the sport?

Has the TV stuff changed all that, or am I thinking of someone else?
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Everything is relative. He's done a fair bit of telly and he's a professional rider for the works Suzuki superbike team. He's also written a few books. I don't think he's short of a bob or two but he probably isn't earning as much as Lewis Hamilton.
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I still think I'm thinking of someone else.

Who else is famous as a TT rider?
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John McGuinness (current rider with most wins and closing in on Joey's record).

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The Amazon is so anti cool in many ways it borders on sub-zero. Sadly, it doesn't quite attain that status but it is very cool either as a solid slugger, classic rally tool, neat family wagon way off the normal boring radar or retro-mod hot rod with mega power and sinister matte paint.
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Well as Jim says, it's cool once you modify the 2-door into a retro-mod hot rod or classic rally car (provided you don't do classic regularity trials in it), but we're voting on a non-specific variant of the standard car. 66-85hp from a sexy four-cylinder engine, fit only to totter to classic car shows if it's sunny.
Surprisingly I could actually buy one in NZ (there's one for sale for NZ$19,000), and they're reasonably good-looking things, which is why I didn't give it 'uncool'.

Check out Santa's one:
http://th02.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/...dc-d35l0td.jpg

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"PS and you agree with Ben so you must be wrong "
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Well as Jim says, it's cool once you modify the 2-door into a retro-mod hot rod or classic rally car (provided you don't do classic regularity trials in it), but we're voting on a non-specific variant of the standard car. 66-85hp from a sexy four-cylinder engine, fit only to totter to classic car shows if it's sunny.
Surprisingly I could actually buy one in NZ (there's one for sale for NZ$19,000), and they're reasonably good-looking things, which is why I didn't give it 'uncool'.

Check out Santa's one:
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That's a nice, understated version. Looks like the old guy is having fun.
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