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Pick of the Day: 1966 Volvo 122

A classic Volvo with a frame-off restoration


The Volvo doesn’t get enough love from the collector car world. I don’t think this is a particularly hot take, but it’s how I’ve viewed classic Volvos. Obscured by more prominent European brands in the collector market, older Volvos have flair, style and great build quality.

Get a classic Volvo and you can stand out from the crowd.

1966 Volvo 122 

The Pick of the Day is this restored 1966 Volvo 122 listed for sale on by a private seller in San Antonio, Texas. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Manufactured in Goteborg, Sweden as #1,063 of 72,550 built in 1966,” the listing states. “It is said that the original owner stored the Volvo in a barn for 8 years before it was discovered in 2013.  The barn find Volvo was then restored by David Colvin (Bluestone Auto, PA) from 2016 to 2018 and completed to the condition you see today.”

The seller advises that the car received a complete frame-off restoration from 2016 to 2018. The restoration included paint removal to bare metal, replacing the rear quarter panel on the passenger side, minor dent removal, and some metalwork. It also included some rust repair, a new windshield, a new rear window seal, new door seals, and stainless steel bumpers.

It left the factory with a light-blue paint job, and during the restoration it was refinished in an original 1961 Volvo paint scheme of two-tone Old English white over Navistar International red.

Under the hood is a 1780cc inline four-cylinder engine with five main bearings and dual SU carburetors. The engine is paired with a Borg Warner’s Type 35 automatic transmission. 

The seller is asking $25,500 for this restored Volvo. Give it a shot. Buy a car you may not necessarily think of in the classic car world. It’ll give you a chance to stand out in the crowd.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. I had this model when I was in college, it was already1973 when I bought the car.
    I loved it 😍.
    Standard transmission and I believe it had a B18 engine, fast little suckered.
    Well hope to hear from you.

  2. Back in the 60s I had three 544s, two 122s and a P1800. Built like trucks, lots of fun. But the 1800 was a Jensen built car.
    Bought a 240Z in 1973, it was what I expected the 1800 to be like. Still have the Z.
    Went to Sweden in 2005 to by a Volvo V50 estate. Could not get a manual here. Turns out to be the worst car I ever had and I have owned Brit cars since 1964.


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