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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
|1. Temperature gauge||14. Cigarette lighter|
|2. Warning light for battery charging / alternator||15. Fan switch, heater/ventilation controls|
|3. Trip meter||16. Grab handle|
|4. Speedometer||17. Switch for glove compartment light|
|5. Mainbeam control light||18. Bonnet release handle|
|6. Direction indicator control light||19. Footdipper switch|
|7. Milometer||20. Clutch pedal|
|8. Oil pressure warning light||21. Brake pedal|
|9. Fuel gauge||22. Accelerator pedal|
|10. Windscreen wiper and washer switch||23. Lighting switch|
|11. Choke control||24. Direction indicator switch, headlight flasher|
|12. Horn ring||25. Steering wheel|
|13. Ignition switch and starter contact||26. Gear lever|
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