Thursday, October 15, 2015

Unintended Fun: 1954 Volvo PV444

Happy Thorsday! The PV444 was Volvo's first post war offering, released in 1947 on a unibody chassis with classic pre-war styling such as huge fenders and a split windscreen.  It was released in the US market in 1956 and gained a reputation for being a reliable, rugged, and relatively nimble.  It may look like a 4,000 lb hulking 40s American car, but the PV444 weighs about 2100 lbs and will get near 25 mpg.  Find this 1954 Volvo PV444 offered for $10,000 in Topeka, KS via craigslist. Tip from Andy L.

A Møøse once bit my sister...

This is really a nice looking example of a PV444 and based on the model year I think it was originally sold somewhere outside the USA.  The single amber fog light up front, fender mounted side view mirror, and cop-style spotlight add some visual pizzazz to an otherwise good looking basic car.

No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge

The PV444 was powered by either a 1.4 liter B14A producing about 70 horsepower or an upgraded 1.6 liter B16B making around 85 horsepower.  It is not a fast car, but with a light curb weight, simple 3-speed gearbox and stick beam rear end it does a decent impression of something faster.

her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink".

The split windscreen eventually gave way to a curved one-piece windshield, but the basic car soldiered on as the updated PV544 until 1966. So as it turns out, 1966 was a really good year for '46 Fords.

See a cooler egg shaped classic for less?

1 comment:

  1. I think that, for similar money, I would go for this:

    Probably more fun to drive, and easier to keep running over time.


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