This 630-HP Beauty Is No Ordinary Volvo

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This is not a boring car for boring people.

The Volvo Amazon was a mid-sized car that featured a high hip point position that's now a large part of the reason crossovers are so popular. It was built between 1956 and 1970, and its design was heavily influenced by American cars of the early 1950s, in particular, the Chrysler New Yorker and the Chrysler 300C hardtop Coupe. That design lends itself well to off-beat customization. In this case, the 1963 Volvo Amazon here was modified by Jeff Allen from CNBC's "The Car Chasers," and its major selling point is a 7.0-liter LS7 engine built by Lingenfelter Performance sitting under the hood.

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That's a major selling point as the car will be going under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020 event shortly. It's also noted in the listing that 100 percent of the hammer price will be used to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.

It's an extensive build and, underneath, it's based around a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette drivetrain and features a 6-piston Baer brake system and a dual-mode exhaust. The original drivetrain for a Volvo Amazon would have delivered around 65 horsepower, but a built Lingenfelter crate engine advertises a considerably heftier 630 horsepower and 570 ft-lb of torque.

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The crazy look comes from custom body modifications that include widebody clinched flares, a customized lower air dam, and a SEMA Garage custom 3D-printed rear spoiler. It's finished in BASF B67 Austin Yellow with powder-coated trim and fitted with Forgeline GTD-5 monoblock wheels. The interior is as out-to-lunch as the exterior. It features Recaro front seats with Takata 5-point seat belts, a visual carbon console, a custom tartan headliner and trunk liner, as well as modern conveniences pulled from the C6 Corvette like power locks and air conditioning.

It's a custom show stopper for sure, and walked away with "Most Beautiful" non-domestic honors at the LS Fest, and claimed the honor of Golden Ticket Winner at the OUSCI SEMA Show. If you want to throw down a bid or catch the auction on TV, it goes across the block on January 17 at around 7.30 pm.

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