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Upholstery Amazon

The interior and upholstery (interior trim) of the Volvo Amazon has more variety than the Volvo PV-series. Mainly because customers wanted more color options and combinations, and the time cars were only available in a few colors is something that was left behind in the 50’s. Altough the first Amazon, the P1200-series, didn’t have many color combinations (inside and outside), the Amazon is known for its many colors and variety of upholstery.

Type of seats for the Amazon

The Volvo Amazon has a early type and a late type of seats. The early type is a version with springs and was available with fabric or vinyl (Volvo called it “leatherette”). The late type of seats were much better: they were designed with help of paramedics and are more comfortable and much more ergonomic, mainly because foam was used, the backrest was higher and better shaped, and there was a adjustable lumbar support. Later headrests became available and most of the late types Amazons have preparations made for headrests (you can actually feel that on the frame if your car doesn’t have headrests: there are two small tubes welded on the backrest frame). The late type rear seat was also redesigned but still had the springs instead of foam.

Volvo Amazon old type seats
The old type of seats, filled with springs

Volvo Amazon seat late type with foam
The new type of seats

For some markets (like the USA-market) the late type Amazon was also available with a front bench instead of two seats, so three persons were able to sit in the front. The car was only available with a gear shifter on the steering column (because otherwise the person in the middle couldn’t sit there) and was mostly sold with a BW35 automatic gearbox. A M40 manual gearbox was also available at that version but wasn’t sold a lot. The Amazons with double benches are very rare and unfortunately new upholstery isn’t available (so you need a custom-made interior if you own a double-bench Amazon and want to replace the interior trim).

How to trace the upholstery color code of your Amazon

Finding out which interior color code your Volvo Amazon has isn’t rocket science: just pop the hood and look for the VIN-plate (with chassis number, type of car etc etc). Just below the paint color code there is a field with “Klädsel” (what means “upholstery”, which also is written on the plate at most models). That is the code you are looking for!

Note: because a Amazon is a old car and you will probably not the first owner of the car (and most likely not even the second owner) it is possible the interior trim of your car doesn’t match the upholstery code. A previous owner might have changed the interior completely (changing it is pretty easy). The upholstery code will tell you which interior was originally fitted into the car.

Upholstery Volvo Amazon 120-series

In the table below you’ll find the interior trim and upholstery color codes (including samples) for the Volvo Amazon 121, 122S and P1200. All seat covers and other upholstery of the Volvo Amazon can be bought at VP Autoparts, which also have stores in Sweden and USA.

 Color code Description Example
 135-200 Brown (USA-market) Volvo 120 Amazon upholstery 135-200
 137-202 Blue (USA-market) Volvo Amazon interior upholstery blue 137-202
 138-203 Brown with gray Volvo Amazon 122s upholstery brown with gray 138-203
 139-204 Blue with gray Volvo Amazon 120-series upholstery blue gray 139-204
 147-224 Gray (USA-market) Volvo Amazon USA upholstery 120 gray 147-224
 148-225 Red (USA-market) Volvo Amazon 121 red upholstery USA 148-225
 149-226 Gray with gray/white in middle Volvo Amazon fabric upholstery gray 149-226
 150-227 Red and red & gray in middle Volvo Amazon 121 122S upholstery red grey gray 150-227
 155-248 Gray (USA-market) Volvo Amazon USA gray 155-248 upholstery
 156-249 Red Volvo Amazon upholstery dark red 156-249
 158-250 Gray with gray/white in middle Volvo Amazon upholstery gray 158-250
 159-251 Red with gray and red in middle Volvo 121 122s upholstery red gray grey 159-251
 167-502 Red Volvo Amazon vinyl upholstery red 167 code
 168-503 Black Volvo Amazon black upholstery vinyl 168
 172-507 Black (same as 168-503 but with wider trims at side panel) Volvo Amazon black upholstery vinyl 168
 170-505 Blue Volvo Amazon vinyl upholstery kladsel blue 170-505
 175-523 Red Volvo Amazon sky leather vinyl upholstery red 175-523
 183-545 Red Volvo Amazon vinyl interior upholstery seats red 183-545
 184-546 Medium brown / cognac Volvo Amazon upholstery vinyl medium middle brown 184-546
 185-547 Green Green upholstery Volvo Amazon vinyl sky leather

As you can see some colors may look the same but are in fact slightly different (see the gray or red fabrics). Volvo also uses a new number when things like door panels are slightly modified (like the stitching of the door pockets).


Upholstery Volvo Amazon 130-series

In the table below you can see the upholstery (including samples) of the Volvo Amazon 131. All seat covers and other upholstery of the Volvo Amazon can be bought at VP Autoparts, which also have stores in Sweden and USA.

 Color code Description Example
 401-189 Light brown / beige (USA-market) Volvo Amazon 130 upholstery beige light brown 401-189
 403-191 Blue (USA-market) Volvo Amazon upholstery blue 403-191
 404-192 Light brown with gray/white in middle Volvo Amazon upholstery 130 beige gray brown 404-192
 405-193 Blue with gray/white in middle Volvo Amazon 130 upholstery blue gray grey 405-193
 406-233 Gray (USA-market) Volvo Amazon 131 upholstery gray grey 406-233
 407-234 Red (USA-market) Volvo Amazon 130-series upholstery interior red USA code 407-234
 408-235 Gray with gray & white in middle Volvo Amazon 131 upholstery code 408-235 gray
 409-236 Red with red & gray in middle Volvo Amazon 131 upholstery red gray 409-236
 410-244 Gray (USA-market) Volvo Amazon 131 upholstery gray 410-244
 411-245 Red (USA-market) Volvo Amazon 131 upholstery USA red 411-245
 413-246 Gray with gray/white in middle Volvo Amazon 130-series upholstery gray grey 413-246
 414-247 Red with red and gray in middle Volvo Amazon 130 upholstery red gray grey 414-247
 416-514 Red Volvo Amazon 131 upholstery red vinyl 416-514
 417-515 MY65 Black (with trims on door panels) Volvo Amazon black vinyl upholstery
 417-515 MY66-68 Black (without trims on door panels) Volvo Amazon black vinyl upholstery
 417B Black – only for 1969 and without side pockets on door panels Volvo Amazon black vinyl upholstery
 419-517 Blue Volvo Amazon 131 upholstery 2-door blue 419-517
 420-532 Red Volvo Amazon 131 red vinyl upholstery 420-532
 424-551 Red Volvo Amazon 131 red vinyl upholstery 424-551
 425-552 Medium brown / cognac Volvo Amazon upholstery 131 beige medium brown cognac 425-552
 426-553 Green Volvo Amazon 131 upholstery green 426-553 sample example
 428-584 Black Volvo Amazon black vinyl upholstery
 429-585 Red Volvo Amazon 2-door vinyl sky leather red upholstery 429-585
 430-595 Beige / sand Volvo Amazon 130-series 2-door upholstery beige 430-595
 431-596 Medium blue Volvo Amazon upholstery medium blue 431-596
 432-597 Dark red Volvo Amazon upholstery color code 432-597_red
 434-636 Red Volvo Amazon 131 upholstery red color code 434-636
 435-637 Blue Volvo Amazon blue upholstery 131 2-door 435-637

 

Upholstery Volvo Amazon Combi / 220-series

In the table below you can see the upholstery of the Volvo Amazon Combi. All seat covers and other upholstery of the Volvo Amazon 220 Combi can be bought at VP Autoparts, which also have stores in Sweden and USA.

 Color code Description Example
 501-230 Medium brown Volvo Amazon Combi 220 upholstery medium brown 501-230
 502-231 Gray Volvo Amazon 220 Combi upholstery color code 502-231 gray grey
 503-232 Red Volvo Amazon Combi 220 upholstery red 503-232
 504-215 Medium brown with gray & white in middle Volvo Amazon Combi 220 upholstery cotton fabric medium brown gray grey 504-221
 507-254 Gray Volvo Amazon Combi upholstery gray grey 507-254
 508-255 Dark red Volvo Amazon Combi dark red upholstery 508-255
 510-518 Dark red Volvo Amazon Combi vinyl sky-leather upholstery red 510-518
 511-519 Black MY65 with wide trims on door panels Volvo Amazon Combi 220 black vinyl upholstery
 511-519 Black MY66-69 with small trims on door panels Volvo Amazon Combi 220 black vinyl upholstery
 513-221 Light blue Volvo Amazon Combi upholstery blue 513-521
 514-536 Red Volvo Amazon Combi 220 upholstery red vinyl 514-536
 518-554 Red Volvo Amazon Combi upholstery red 518-554
 519-555 Medium brown / cognac Volvo Amazon 220 combi 221 upholstery medium brown cognac 519-555
 520-556 Green Volvo Amazon Combi green vinyl sky upholstery seats 520-556
 522-598 Beige / sandstone Volvo Amazon Combi 220 beige upholstery 522-598
 523-599 Medium blue Volvo Amazon Combi blue vinyl upholstery 523-599
 524-600 Dark red Volvo Amazon Combi dark red vinyl upholstery 524-600

 

Dashboard of the Volvo Amazon

The first Amazon, the Volvo P1200, had a slightly different dashboard than the 121, 122s and 131. The heater controls were on the left side (on the right side for the RHD-version) and the lining of the dashboard continues on the doors. Unfortunately Volvo discontinued this on the later types.

A extra shelf underneath the dashboard was available for all types, an accessory that was purchased a lot.

Volvo Amazon P1200 dashboard early type 1956-1958
The dashboard of the Volvo P1200. Notice the heater controls on the left and the dashboard that continues smoothly on the doors

When the 12 volt version was introduced and the name was changed from P1200 to Volvo P120-series the dashboard was also changed. During the rest of his lifetime the Amazon didn’t have many changes on its interior except for the steering wheel, upholstery colors, door panels and things like the ignition key (and position of it).

Volvo Amazon 220 Combi 1965 black interior upholstery
The interior of my Volvo Amazon Combi MY65

Volvo Amazon B20 131 1969 dashboard interior
Dashboard and late type steering wheel (which is much better in my opinion) of my ’69 Volvo Amazon 131

The Volvo Amazon 123GT has a slightly different interior: because the 123GT has a tachometer / revolution counter, a special GT steering wheel, seamless inclination of the backrests of the seats (which can completely fold down), overdrive as standard, extra controls for the foglights and roadside light and dashboard padding with special bracket for the tachometer and storage deck/top shelf.

Volvo Amazon 123GT dashboard and interior

 

Volvo Amazon instruments and controls

Because the old P1200 wasn’t sold a lot I will only describe the instruments and controls of the 120-, 130- and 220-series.

Volvo Amazon instruments and controls of the dashboard
The dashboard of the Amazon, click for a larger version

1. Temperature gauge14. Cigarette lighter
2. Warning light for battery charging / alternator15. Fan switch, heater/ventilation controls
3. Trip meter16. Grab handle
4. Speedometer17. Switch for glove compartment light
5. Mainbeam control light18. Bonnet release handle
6. Direction indicator control light19. Footdipper switch
7. Milometer20. Clutch pedal
8. Oil pressure warning light21. Brake pedal
9. Fuel gauge22. Accelerator pedal
10. Windscreen wiper and washer switch23. Lighting switch
11. Choke control24. Direction indicator switch, headlight flasher
12. Horn ring25. Steering wheel
13. Ignition switch and starter contact26. Gear lever

 

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