Step One: park it in your driveway.
There it is, five yards away:
Step Two: Then go out about 20,000 miles away.
There you have it. 123GT cars are out of this world.
The Tripple X burger restaurant in Issaquah Washington hosts some kind of car event just about every weekend. The local Volvo club has a meet every February, rain or shine. This time it was a little more rain than shine but Volvo folks (and Volvos) are a hardy so Swedish cars filled the parking lot. As usual Volvo have the largest representation but a few Saabs participated as well.
This restored Volvo Duett is beautiful. The favorite among tradesmen in Sweden when new and most of them were pretty beat up just after a few years. Even the local fish mongler enjoyed the utility of this car so it earned the nickname “Fish car” in Sweden.
Since we assume you can read, we also assume that you can tell that this is a 1957 Volvo 444 next to a 1953 Volvo 444. Both in excellent condition and driven often.
Lowered and with some wider rims this 1968 Volvo 122S wagon is sporting some attitude. Last year for the 122 in the US market.
What would a Swedish meet be without the Volvo 1800S?
While infuriating all the English auto manufacturers Sir Roger Moore opted for this Swedish sport car in the TV series “The Saint” instead of one supported by the infamous Lucas electric system. He probably wanted to have lights working when chasing the bad guys.
All wrapped up! This Saab Sonett had been completely wrapped in vinyl media. The owner told me that it was a lot of work but now he has a very unique Saab, not to mention chip resistant.
This Saab V4 rolled in and drew a big crowd quickly. This car had been treated to a very nice restoration.
Half a V8. The V4 from European Ford did offer the Saab decent power and was rather reliable.
Please find below just an boring ordinary Volvo DL
Well, I must say it is very nice but it is still just a boring plain Volvo DL…right??
With an LS fuel injected Corvette engine and a 5 speed this car is anything BUT boring. The installation looks like the factory did it and that is the golden rule in engine swapping. The builder did everything right, right down to the shifter coming out of the stock location. The owner claims everything is holding up well. Sleeper City! Nice work.
This Saab 900 brings back fond memories for your Humble Editor as my first job in America was to work on these.
Had a chance to clean up the Volvo Amazon 123GT. It cleaned up well.
The interior cleaned up good as well. Need to replace those door panels down the road.
The engine compartment looks presentable after some cleaning. That air cleaner needs to go in favor of the correct elements.
The nose and the front fenders must have been replaced with NOS stuff as they are super solid. The flat lensed e-code Hella lights cranks out good light but look a bit too modern. I would have to replace them with something more rounded…Maybe a set of H4 Cibie for example.
Yup, pretty photogenic…the Volvo 96 dark blue looks almost black.
In good company. Sitting next to a Swedish built 123GT…life is good.
Rare 96 dark blue color makes this a desirable 1967 123GT. This is a Canadian Volvo so it shipped new with limited slip rear and 4 way flashers. It did not however come with the Hella lights but I will add them anyway. Because they looks so damn cool. Besides, they were an available accessory when the car was new. Also, I will add the fender mirrors…because they looks so damn cool…get it?
Swedish Coolness ! Sex on wheels…Am I making myself clear?
“So Inga…would you like to go for a spin in my 96 blue Volvo 123GT?”
“How was it? Did you enjoy the sound of those SU karburettors?? By the way, do you know I have a chrome exhaust extension? The seats folds down, you know…”
The 96 blue cars came with this beautiful deep red interior.
Everything works on the car including the overdrive. It has a B-20 engine that seems to have a lot of power. The rims are widened stockers and the suspension seem slightly lower and firmer than stock. I also spotted a rear sway bar on the car. Front sway bar is original.
It is an older restoration and the the car has some issues that I will address before I bring it out but all in all a very straight car.
Puget Sound Chapters of the Volvo Sports America and Volvo Club of America had their annual joint club spring swap meet and car show show at the beautiful Juanita Beach Park. The weather was just perfect.
Your Humble Editor’s 122S wagon being overshadowed by Gary Ramstad’s 1967 Volvo 122S coupe.
No matter where you look, the detailing is excellent.
Very nice 1962 Volvo PV 544. Just imported from California.
1965 Volvo PV 544
1964 1800S. This one is using the 140 front and rear suspension and that means 4 wheel discs.
Let’s end this with one of these square boxes. Now a classic in it’s own right. The very popular 245 wagon. This is a GL model and that included among other amenities leather and power windows. The came originally with the turbine wheels but we think these turbo wheels looks great.
Great day, great cars..
As your humble Editor is suffering from a serious case of excessive moisture here in the North West it is not without some jealousy I admire these shots from the San Diego Volvo Club’s Spring Drive. It has been raining almost daily in Washington State for ninety days and it’s getting old. Well, enough with the weather report and let’s check out some nice vintage Volvos.
Josh Cantor from the club shared some great photos from the event and I am happy to share them with you.
First order of business: Add some high octane fuel for the high compression Swedish engines.
Someone is aspiring to be an airplane pilot me thinks.
Super nice Volvo 142. You don’t see enough of these anymore.
Volvo 122 with fender skirts. Not my cup of tea but creative.
These sculptures are scattered throughout Borrego. Apparently a home developer has been putting them up to attract attention to the valley there.
The dragon is the most spectacular of them. Makes for great back drop.
A lonely 940 wagon in the desert. Think about it: These cars are going on twenty years of age already. Amazing.
Photo: Josh Cantor
Finally got around to spend some time on the Volvo wagon. This time we upgraded to these very rare 123GT reclining seat mechanism. These are actually made by Recaro for Volvo. Now I can…well…recline. Besides, the added chrome makes the car go faster.
Factory tachometer and a hard to find center console is next.
“Buckets and console” plus factory tach. Sounds like an American muscle car, huh?
I am pleased to find out that these are being reproduced again as they are wagon only and always seems to be beat up or as in my case: missing.
However, I could not bring myself to install them as one corner of the bumper was pretty ugly and I don’t want to spend money on re-chroming.
After some digging around in my friend’s attic I finally found this. This is not 100 % perfect but it will work great.
There! Finally a complete rear bumper and all shiny. Looks great.
See how the work started here
Door panel to dye for…Get it? I should be a comedian!!
I dyed a set of red door panels in SEM Camel. The color is fairly close to the Volvo biege.
It may not be the exact color but it in very good shape and very servicable. Makes for a cozy ride.
My friend Gary gave me his old glove…shelf…OLD ?? Looks like new to me.
Now I have somewhere to put my Swedish mittens…oh yeah…and the American registration!
There…that looks pretty decent…I have seen worse. This will make for a comfortable drive to the All Swedish Meet tomorrow.
Stumbled across this 1967 vintage plate in an antique store for three bucks. It will serve well on my Volvo 123GT as a YOM plate. (Year of Manufacture) It took $47.00 to register the car to this plate. That makes it an even fiddy bucks for license for life…works for me.
The first letter “A” stands for Seattle as the order went by population at the time. At the time, in Sweden, “A” stood for Stockholm’s county, probably for similar reasons.
Also, I don’t have to have a plate in the front.
Well, other that this vintage Swedish plate. I borrowed the front bumper from my 122 wagon for now as it had the GT brackets in place. With the original style Hella lights installed the car is looking more like it should.
The goal is to get it drivable and safe enough to drive to the All Swedish Meet in Issaquah in WA state on the 19th of Feb.
We have planned to bring at least three 123GT cars together.
One Canadian built, one built for the UK market (yup, right hand drive) and my POS and make a pretty parade. Should be fun.
See how it started here
This is an incredible V8 powered custom Amazon built in 1967. Starting with a new Volvo 123GT the builder created an icon in Swedish car history. We have learned that the car still exists in Germany and some Swedish enthusiasts are trying to bring it back home.
See all Vintage Classic Volvos HERE