Monday, January 4, 2016

Not Your Doc's Volvo: 1962 Volvo 544 Rat Rod

The Volvo PV444/544 was a passenger car built by Volvo to fulfill simple driving needs of the post World War II family starting in 1947.  It was powered by an early version of Volvo's rugged B-series engine and stayed in production for a remarkable 18 years.  Imagine Ford building '41 Fords in 1966...but this is essentially what happened with the 544.  Find this 1962 Volvo 544 Rat Rod offered for $5,200 in Richmond, VA.

This Volvo started out as every other PV, with big pontoon style fenders mounted on a unibody chassis, but this is some custom combination of Chevy S-10 frame and Volvo body.  It features a pre-war style open hood with a custom Model A-ish grill, but the cab-back looks mostly Volvo.

Under the hood is a Chevy 350 V8, no word from the seller on what level of customization, but judging by the headers/intake/carb it could be pushing a decent number of ponies into the automatic transmission.

Doctors don't drive Volvos anymore, physicians drive BMW, Audi, Lexus or Mercedes-Benz, and surgeons/specialists drive a Tesla or Maserati.  Maybe you'll find an old doctor cruising around in a Jag or 911, but Volvos haven't been doctor's cars since the 1980s...oh...right.  That sticker is probably 30 years old.

See a wackier way to cruise in a classic?


  1. It's all good until you get to the S-10 front suspension hanging out in the breeze.

    1. Agree totally. There is enough room in front of the 350 for another 350.

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    3. So true, If one really gets into the essence of a 32 ford, the look of the front frame rails are really important.

    4. Exactly. Someone could do a fabulous job on something like this, but it won't be on an S-10 frame.

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  4. doctordelJanuary 4, 2016 at 7:09 PM
    Bite your tongues, gents. I assure you, there exists at least one physician who-proudly, I might add-rocks TWO classic volvos. Granted, most of the rides in my staff lot aren't made in Sweden but sure as shit one of them is.

  5. Okay. 10 points for DT for staying on theme.

    Another semi-literate CL writer who struggles with decimal points. $520.00 and I'd buy it just to blow up the POS. Doing my part for aesthetics.

    I have a free gross of used valves and guides so this guy can easily replace them after the lazy-man shorty-pipes suck nice cold air into nice hot cylinders.


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