Volvo Amazon

Richard Dredge
In 1956, a prototype of a new passenger car from Volvo was presented. It became known as the Amazon in Sweden and the 121 and 122S in export markets, the latter denoting a more sporty derivative. However, despite its substantial appearance, all Amazons were surprisingly fleet of foot - this was one of the most sporty European saloons of the 1960s. With its elegant, timeless styling the Amazon broke new ground for Volvo - and for passenger cars as a whole. This new book covers the complete story of Volvo Amazon, from 1956 onwards, including full production histories, comprehensive specification details, and over 250 photographs. An ideal resource for owners, or anybody with an interest in the evolution of these classic cars.
Volvo Amazon by Richard Dredge

About the author

Richard Dredge bought his first car, a Triumph Herald 1200, when he was just sixteen years old. At twenty-one he purchased a Vitesse, and as with the Herald, he completely rebuilt the car. Since then he has also acquired an Alpine A610 - but no Volvo Amazon. Yet. The first book Richard ever wrote was the history of Volvo, but he has also written on marques such as BMW, Lamborghini and Triumph. A regular contributor to motoring magazines such as, Practical Classics, Classic Car Weekly and Classic Motoring, Richard also writes for Auto Express, the Sunday Times and runs a website for new drivers, at For more information, visit