Swedish Rarity – 1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT

Not exactly a sports car, the Volvo Amazon looks like a big American sedan and has the historically important but decidedly un-sexy distinction of being the first car with 3-point seat belts fitted as standard equipment. It is, however, an undeniably pretty car, and it has that admirable ruggedness that you'd expect from a Volvo of this vintage, so the Amazon has seen its fair share of road courses and rally stages over the years. Probably the … [Read more...]

Einspritz – 1971 Volvo P1800E

A New York native named Irv Gordon recently ticked over three million (yes, three million) miles in his 1966 Volvo 1800S. You may have heard of him before. He's held the record for mileage in a single-owner non-commercial car for years and years now, breaking it each and every time he takes his old red Volvo out for a drive, and with that unbelievable three million miles that record looks more unassailable than ever. Since it's so pointless … [Read more...]

Cheap Thrills – 1960 Volvo 544

It might look like an old Ford, but the 544 and the 444 before it were a little more than a ton of Swedish magnificence. The last of Volvo's PV series of cars that dated back to the 1920s, the 544 was Volvo's breakout success, and for many people it was their first encounter with the now adored Scandinavian carmaker. Volvo was able to sell thousands and thousands of the things, and because they were so simple to maintain and so methodically … [Read more...]

Unique Longroof – 1970 Saab 95 Wagon

Surely there are prettier cars than this 1970 Saab 95 Wagon. Similarly we'd say finding a sportier vehicle than this old Swede might rank among the world's easiest tasks. However if you set out to locate a more unique vehicle than this wagon, you'll definitely be searching for a little while. If you haven't seen a Saab 95 Wagon for a long time--or ever--you're certainly not alone. Most of these hearty little cars rusted apart long ago and were … [Read more...]

Stylish Swede – 1971 Volvo P1800 E

For decades Volvo meant several things--safe, reliable, and perhaps most notably boxy. The one stylish exception in a sea of brick-like Swedish cars was the surprisingly beautiful Volvo P1800 E. While it's hard to pass by any example of the smooth Swede this particular car was a little more interesting than the average P1800 E. It would seem this particular car has no shortage of positives mixed in with a few negatives. … [Read more...]

Not Your Mom’s Volvo Wagon – 1972 Volvo P1800ES

The shooting brake isn't a body style for everyone (just look at the controversy over the Ferrari FF), but surely one of the most graceful of them all is the Volvo P1800 ES of the early 1970s. The sport hatch was not a new idea when the famed Swedish carmaker decided to alter their lovely P1800 coupe, and although Volvo had been ahead in the development of such a car, Reliant beat them to the sales floor with their Scimitar GTE, and of course … [Read more...]

Triumphant Two-Stroke – 1960 Saab 93F

Back when Saab was interesting, and alive, they made distinctive little cars like the 93 and 96. The 93 was the first Saab to be exported and the unique shape, powered by a tiny-three cylinder two-stroke, has made the car a bit of a cult classic. The car presented here, a 1960 93F, is from the last year of the 93's production before it was replaced by the 96. The most unique thing about it, though, is that it is strictly set up for vintage … [Read more...]