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Volvo 121 Amazon news — Classic Volvo is back on the beat - 2006
We’re all too familiar with seeing police traffic
officers piloting Volvo estates, but this 39-year old Volvo 121 Amazon caused a
stir back in 1966.
It was the first non-British car to be adopted by a UK
police force when Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary took it on.
The Volvo was chosen over a British Humber and a
Citroen DS because it was the only car capable of carrying all of the necessary
equipment while still handling well.
That didn’t stop the police having a little tuning
work carried out by Ruddspeed, based in Arundel, to give a 112mph top speed.
Now, the 121
Amazon estate is back on the beat as part of the Police History Society after
being restored by Steve Woodward, a traffic officer with Hampshire Police.