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.
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.
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.
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.
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