The “Georgia Peach” is a forty-eight-year-old 1968 Volvo 122s station wagon that this past week became the future spring, summer, and fall restoration shop vehicle. Made in Sweden and sold in the US between 1962 and ’68 this Volvo model is a strong and reliable workhorse that also doubles as a comfortable passenger car.
After a cousin gave me one that was a very tired old 1963 model in 1976, your editor used it and others (where there is one more soon follow) as a “shop truck” for a dozen years. With the rear seat in the lowered position there is plenty of room for auto parts and supplies. Drop the tailgate and longer cargo can be handled, and the roof rack also comes in handy at times for bulky items.
It’s a long story we will share with you another time, but this creme-colored car with a saddle interior has only had two owners since new. The first owner lived in Florida, and it was sold through Cars International in Atlanta, Georgia in the late-1970s. The second owner, a friend from Massachusetts has taken great care of the car of it since then, and it was in regular use between the spring-to-fall season up until six-years ago.
When time permits we will share with you more of the car’s history and some of the work needed to recommission this creme puff for everyday seasonal use in Vermont. It will be a lot more enjoyable and fun to drive than the shop one-ton pickup truck. Let us know if you have had any experience with the 544 or 122s Volvo models in the past.