Used Car of the Day: 1965 Volvo 122s

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we go away from the Lincoln/ Mercury love for a beat-up but classic Volvo -- this 1965 Volvo 122s.

The seller is clear about this car being in rough shape, though it runs and drives well, apparently. It sounds like the drivetrain and tires are in good shape -- but a lot of other stuff needs work.

It appears it leaks when it rains and the body and floor pan needs a lot of work. It sounds like needs doors especially. Oh, and rust appears to be a major problem.

Click over here for all the pros and cons. This car is located in Spokane, Washington, and the asking price is just $1,500.

Could be a fun project car, if you're so inclined.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Jun 10, 2024
    I had at least four teachers in middle and high school who drove Amazons. (It's a very Old Seattle kind of a thing to do.) They were mostly in this sort of condition.
  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Jun 10, 2024
    Those short arms would also be a problem when it came to adjusting the Radio...
  • Carson D Honda and Toyota still make the best American cars.
  • Slavuta I just though, with this rate we could make Cinco De Mayo a national holiday as well. Since we have tens of millions of American Mexicans, and probably more than African Americans
  • Wjtinfwb Well, it LOOKS pretty great for 36 years old and 356k miles! I've seen plenty of 2 decade newer trucks that looked like a shrapnel bomb went off inside and and exterior that looked worse. This owner got everything out of that truck it had. Time to let it retire to the farm.
  • Wjtinfwb Stellantis. They've gone from Hero to Zero in 24 months with some really stupid decisions and allowing politicians to influence their business. They also hung onto old products way too long and relied on RAM and Jeep to pull them through. RAM plays in the most competitive market of all, full-size trucks and competition is brutal with Ford and GM keeping their foot to the floor on development and improvement. Chrysler now has one model, a 5 year old van. Dodge made a living off old cars with stupendous power, that's gone with the mothballing of the Hemi. The Hornet is an overpriced joke. Now they have new Durango Pursuit's self-destruction because of a plastic oil cooler that self destructs and dumps oil into the coolant lunching the engine. Grand Cherokee, a staple of Jeep has not been well received and has limited power options due to canning the Hemi. Now they've got to build interest around the Hurricane turbo in-line 6 in trucks, Charger's and Jeeps. If that engine turns out to be problematic its likely lights out in Sterling Heights.
  • Ajla Tim, any chance when you "pop on" you can have someone look into why comments under your authored posts don't allow any formatting, links, or editing?