Volvo may be most renowned for its safety and reliability, but the brand did more than dip its foot into the pool of motorsport. Race-prepped 122s, known as “Amazons” in their homeland of Sweden and sisterships to the 123GT in body, took home class wins in touring car races at the ‘Ring and Brands Hatch and first place in a score of the top rally championships of the era. The 123GT capitalized on that legacy and brought performance to the production model. While more than 5,000 models were planned, only around 1,500 were built. In the 123GT, you got a high-compression straight-four with dual SU carburetors delivering roughly 115 hp. To rein in the additional power, the 123GT came with front-disc brakes and a stiff suspension. Volvo didn’t scrimp on the accoutrements either; Recaro seats, fog and driving lights, a large tachometer and plenty of custom trim make the model standout.