We like to use the word 'image' when we talk about Volvo models. Image is the image that exists of Volvo and is precisely used when it comes to the Swedish quality product. Surrounded by solidity, safety and comfort, Volvo has a strong reputation. Piet Wijbenga, the owner of this 1968 Volvo Amazon, can confirm this.
By: Dirk de Jong
A modern Volvo in the upper middle class was the daily means of transport for Piet Wijbenga, owner of Wijbenga stand and exhibition construction BV. As a businessman, you need a reliable and solid car, especially if you drive a lot of miles. The car was a 'workhorse'. This also meant that – from a business point of view – a new Volvo was usually purchased every three years. The relationship with the dealer Pieter Krol was pleasant and long-lasting.
When negotiating the purchase of another new Volvo 940, it was mentioned that Piet and his wife Bouwina sometimes thought of owning a classic Volvo Amazon. As a 20-year-old young man, Piet was already charmed by the Volvo Amazon and the Volvo 'cat back', but ownership would always remain a dream.
The package of requirements
In the conversation about that wish, the package of requirements came to the Volvo dealer: (who regularly imported these types of cars from Sweden as a hobby). It had to be a perfect classic, looks like new, engine 100 percent and the car was not allowed to show any signs of age. Piet: “For me it is pure love for the type. I'm not a mechanic or a cleaner. Owning a classic Volvo Amazon is my way of dealing with the past and the present.”
Delivered in August 1997
The ordered new Volvo 940 Station Wagon arrived. But what Piet did not know was that dealer Krol had made a successful search for a 1968 Volvo Amazon in a truly excellent condition. So not only his new car was ready, but also the Volvo Amazon. The dream from long ago that would suit him completely as a hobby.
The eye wants something too
Please look carefully at the photos. An elegant red 53-year-old with a very handsome face, all in pristine condition. A smooth line, two wide doors, good all-round visibility, a pleasure to see.
Connection with the past
The Volvo Amazon has been at the center of attention for 24 years now and the connection to the past is established. Especially when we see the list of Volvo's that Piet has owned. In 1984, for example, there was a Volvo 240 GL, followed by a Volvo 940 three times, a Volvo V70 twice, an XC 60 and now an XC 40. The icing on the cake is the Volvo Amazon of 1968.
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