Volvo 144 ‘The Camel’



Price: SOLD

  • Year


  • Make


  • Model


  • Engine Capacity


  • Engine Configuration

    Inline 4

  • Exterior


  • Interior




  • Transmission

    5-speed manual

  • Chassis no.


  • Registration

    EPV 86H

  • Recorded Mileage

    236,000 km


  • Launched in 1967 as a successor to the Volvo Amazon, the 144 was a mid-sized, practical car, noted at the time for its new angular design.
  • It was the first Volvo to use the ‘tri-digit’ naming system, where the first digit indicated the model series, the second digit represented the number of cylinders, and the third digit specified the number of doors.
  • The 144, then, was a 1st Series, 4-cylinder, 4-door saloon.
  • Initially fitted with Volvo’s 1.8L inline-4 ‘B18’ engine, the 144’s power unit was soon enlarged to 2.0L for the 1969 model year, together with a variety of other mechanical and cosmetic improvements such as a new generator in place of an outdated alternator unit.
  • During it’s 8 year production run, more than 1 million 144s left the Volvo factory in Torslandaverken, Sweden, of which just over half were completed as 4-door saloons.
  • There may well be over a million 144s in the world, but there is only one ‘Camel’…
  • Fully rally prepared by Amazon Cars of Brundish, Suffolk, in 2010 for use in the 2012 London to Cape Town World Cup Rally, ‘The Camel’ has competed successfully at a number of high profile international rally events, including:
    • 2012 London to Cape Town World Cup Rally – 6th overall
    • 2013 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge – 11th overall
    • 2016 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge – used as replacement car

  • Mechanically, there are very few elements of the car that haven’t received some kind of attention.
  • A full breakdown of the work carried out is available to view in the Documents section below, but to mention a few:
    • Strengthened shell
    • Upgraded suspension set-up
    • Uprated brakes
    • Metal underbody protection plates
    • ‘Safari’ bull bar & roll cage
    • Re-directed fuel/brake lines (running inside the car to avoid damage)
    • Twin foam-filled aluminium fuel tanks
    • Fully rebuilt ‘B20’ 2.0L engine (<5,000 km ago)
      • Lightened flywheel
      • Free-flow exhaust system
    • 4-Speed gearbox w. LSD
    • Built-in air compressor
    • Twin-fuel pumps
  • A great opportunity to acquire a genuinely competitive and reliable endurance rally car with a known history and proven ability.

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