Classic Iron: Olav’s Hot Rod Volvo Shooting Brake

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I’m a big fan of the Volvo Amazon, and I’ve featured several here on Volvojo. This one, though, might be my favorite. Meet Olav Kvipt’s 1967 Volvo Amazon shooting brake. If you can see the pictures at all, you can already tell that it is an incredibly rare and tastefully styled hot rod that you could spend half a day poring over at a car show.

Everywhere you look on Olav’s Amazon, there is something to see. Look at those Frenched headlights up front. Check out the shaved door handles. The taillights, which might even look stock to someone who wasn’t familiar with the Amazon, are from a 1950s Cadillac. The stainless steel bumpers were custom made, with guards sourced from a 1956 Dodge.

As incredible as the final product is, it’s worth noting that Olav’s “Nomad” Amazon (as he calls it) didn’t come into the world fully formed. It went through a few – let’s go with “design iterations” – before it was finished. This was Olav’s first attempt at building a hot rod Amazon


Olav’s First Attempt at a Hot Rod Volvo

… which, obviously, was built on a smaller budget. And, presumably, using a whole lot of duct tape and rattle-can paint. Even here, though, you can get a sense of Olav’s genuine fascination with American hot rod culture kulture and see the influences that would lead, eventually, to the slick piece the car has become.

I’m not the only one who likes Olav’s ’67, either. Back in the fall of 2012, Gasoline Magazine had a Volvo contest where readers were encouraged to share pictures of their favorite “Volvo Customs”, and the magazine’s writes would choose a winner. Olav’s car won. I can’t imagine it was even close.


Olav Kvipt’s Hot Rod Volvo in Gasoline Magazine

You can learn more about the history of Olav’s awesome 1967 Volvo Amazon Nomad over at Kustomrama. They’ve got the full owners’ history of the car, and even a breakdown of where Olav sourced some of the parts for his epic build. Best of all, they have a ton of build photos of the car that are definitely worth checking out. Head on over there using this link, then come back here and tell us what you think of Olav’s shooting brake in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


Sources | Lots More Photos: Kustomrama.

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