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.


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10 comments:

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

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    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.

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    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.

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  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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