Gratitude from A to Z: Volvo 122s Wagon

I am grateful for a Volvo 122s wagon.

A 1967, dark green Volvo 122s station wagon that my Dad bought new. Seat belts were an option that he wisely chose. It hauled our family and tent trailer on epic family road trips to PEI and Vancouver Island. We had the car for almost forty years and drove it over 500,000 miles - that's over 800,000 kilometers - the distance to the moon and back.

Dad loved driving stick and the Volvo had a classic one - a long four speed shifter on the floor that would oscillate at highway speed. It was the first car I ever drove and the inspiration for the lyric in my song Minivan Man:

When I was young I had a cool car
Sixty-seven Volvo with four on the floor
It wasn't real fast but it sure sounded good
That little four cylinder under the hood

I haven't driven a Volvo since we sold that old Volvo that served us so well. I don't think I'll have a car like that again.

Have you had a memorable vehicle?

 

Image Source: https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/11/27/1963-1969-volvo-122-amazon-wagon-remains-solid-dependable-buy

4 comments

  • david
    david seattle
    that's the first time i've seen a photo of that car, rob. it really was a beauty. my sweetie would kill for a car like that. i've heard you speak of it many times in the past and i'm happy for you. probably my favourite vehicle was a 73 GMC short box 4.4 that i owned. but the truth is, they all let me down at one time or another, regardless of the model or brand. i wish you still had that volvo.

    that's the first time i've seen a photo of that car, rob. it really was a beauty. my sweetie would kill for a car like that. i've heard you speak of it many times in the past and i'm happy for you. probably my favourite vehicle was a 73 GMC short box 4.4 that i owned. but the truth is, they all let me down at one time or another, regardless of the model or brand. i wish you still had that volvo.

  • Rob
    Rob Here, Now
    Thanks for the comment David. It was a great car - I even slept in it a few times. I wish I still had it too.

    Thanks for the comment David. It was a great car - I even slept in it a few times. I wish I still had it too.

  • Sandy
    Sandy NB
    My dad bought a brand-new 4-speed 69 or 70 volvo sedan, with seatbelts! One of the novel features was a highlight dimmer switch integrated onto the turn signal arm. Volvo drivers would flash at each other. It was a tank, the car I learned to drive. It made many trips from Ontario to the Maritimes with a load of kids and beach gear.

    My dad bought a brand-new 4-speed 69 or 70 volvo sedan, with seatbelts! One of the novel features was a highlight dimmer switch integrated onto the turn signal arm. Volvo drivers would flash at each other. It was a tank, the car I learned to drive. It made many trips from Ontario to the Maritimes with a load of kids and beach gear.

  • Rob Witherspoon
    Rob Witherspoon
    That must have been a recent innovation as our 67 wagon had the old dimmer button on the floor but Volvo drivers didn’t flash each. Our parents stopped at a Dairy Queen once to buy us an ice cream and I remember this two young guys pulling in driving a Volvo and chatting up my Dad. They were a bit of a cult car back then.

    That must have been a recent innovation as our 67 wagon had the old dimmer button on the floor but Volvo drivers didn’t flash each. Our parents stopped at a Dairy Queen once to buy us an ice cream and I remember this two young guys pulling in driving a Volvo and chatting up my Dad. They were a bit of a cult car back then.

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