The world of historic rallying, and particularly regularity or endurance type events enjoying strong interest from all four corners of the world, it seems a particularly agreeable time to offer one of the stalwarts in this scene in the shape of our inimitable Volvo Amazon, specifically, the 123 GT 3-door variant.
Many rally successes have been celebrated in large thanks to the durability and reliability of a Volvo Amazon, and the potential successes for our car are plain to see.
Ours was originally supplied to Kenya, but its more interesting rally-life begins when it was chosen for being an especially solid example for conversion to an endurance rally car for the specific task of the 1998 London to Cape Town rally, which, it completed tremendously achieving a 9th in Class finish.
Highlights of its construction, and therefore details of how it still largely presents today, include:
A welded and strengthened body shell, prepared with all lines plumbed inside the vehicle, professionally prepared by South Service of London, rally preparers of the time.
Our car has an MSA/Motorsport UK competition log book
Safety devices bolt-in roll cage with door bars
CDS tubular seat rails
Bilstein suspension all-round with uprated springs
Simonz competition exhaust system
B20F two-litre engine, big valve, low-compression head
Balanced and lightened flywheel, phosphor bronze valve guides
‘D’ camshaft running on a single HS6 SU carburettor with K&N air filter. Alloy rocker cover
M40 gearbox with overdrive
Heavy-duty Sachs hydraulic clutch
Multiplate LSD with 4:56 ratio diff
Mintex competition rear brake shoes. Cockpit-mounted brake bias adjustment.
Twin Lucas sport coils with Aldon electronic ignition
Twin electric cooling fans
Air horns, including passenger foot operated switch
Brake servo repositioned within cockpit
Varley RedTop 12V battery behind passenger seat
Plumbed-in 4-litre LifeLine fire extinguisher system
Twin mechanical safety cut-off switches, external and internal
Laminated front and rear screens, heated rear, and side glass laminated
Cobra Suzuka competition seats with alloy side mounts
Sabelt 6-point harnesses, out of date
Boot-mounted and custom-built, baffled, foam-filled alloy fuel tank with twin dash six tails
Twin facet electric fuel pumps
TerraTrip on-board computer with electronic sensor to front wheel hub
Map lights with LED bulbs
Centre handbrake conversion
Flip-up roof vents
Wired and relayed for competition lighting
Under bonnet, cockpit and boot lighting
SEV Marcal reversing spot lamp
Tow loops, front and rear
Genuine 5.5×15’ Minilite wheels shod with Dunlop gravel tyres
Alloy sump guard
Security safe built-in.
In short, it’s a pretty complete package which further benefits from a generous and useful spares bundle including very valuable replacement head.
Please call us to learn more….
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