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Volvo Amazon dashboard
Volvo Amazon dashboard

Horizontal dashboard and wing

The jetplane was the supreme vehicle resulting from the Second Word War. Saab made their J 29 with swept back wings and set a world speed record. The Saab J35’s deltawing and the Saab 92 were other motivational factors for introducing a flying theme to Volvo. The Amazon got its sweptback theme on the steering wheel. The horn operator was shaped to move at the speed of light attained by a woman, an Amazon, in 1953. Man was able to travel at twice the speed of light while Jan Wilsgaard shaped the speed of phantasy for the hands of the Volvo customer.

Not only did that customer get wings in his hand, like a digital games controller, but he also got an artificial horizon to relate to; the horizontal speedometer and the shape of the instrument cowl. This speed strip was a grapical representation of speed to the pilot of the Amazon. It was also the reference for the turning of the steering wheel. The upper half of the chrome ring was pointed and swept like a flying wing.

SAAB J29 Tunnan and jet engine.

The horizon will always be a main reference point to man and it was now recreated inside the automobile body. The horizon is not of importance for where you are flying, that is about direction. The horizon is a constant reference for your position in relation to the ground. It will tell you at what angle and height you are. The horizon is used in flying instrumentation and flying simulators. It is essential for reference. Flying games and simulators have it and it is Google Earth's unmentioned reference point. The instruments and steering wheel were Jan Wilsgaard’s flight of phantasy. The design was put to the horn ring as a radical steering wheel was understandably out of the question. The wing evidence is there.

Saab had access to the German swept wing technology as seen in the Horten flying wing. Did Volvo? The Bell X-1 was the first plane to go faster than the speed of light. It did not have swept wings. The Saab J29 had this advanced speed technology in their operational fighter plane at the time the Amazon was formed.

Horten Wing technical drawing.

Both the Amazon and the P1900 were decorated with flying motifs. The luggage lid handle was another flying wing form.

The hornring was certainly not an inverted Volvo-V. That is trademark suicide. Who has heard of an inspired invertion of the double chevron Citröen logo? This is horseshoe thinking and not relevant.

The padding of the dashboard extended to the doors. This styling element changed the notion of the dashboard as the division between the engine and driver, the horse and the coachman. The dashboard now represented the swept back wing surrounding the pilot, the cockpit of the flying wing. The transition from horsedrawn to jet-propelled had taken place.

Volvo Amazon dashboard
​Volvo Amazon dashboard

The wingshaped pilot’s stick, instrumental horizon and the aero control handles heater controls.

Volvo Amazon dashboard​
Volvo Amazon dashboard

Volvo. We are rolling. We are flying!

The pilot and driver laying it into the turn. The machine and the horizon are physical facts. The g-forces are low enough for the Amazon driver to defy them and fly his wing.