2-OWNER VOLVO PV544, RESTORED & PRESERVED, 1.8L, 4-SPEED, 12-VOLT, VERY SOLID!!
This neat little fastback might have a very American shape, but it's pure Swedish magic. The Volvo PV-series lasted nearly 20 years in production, with this 1964 PV544 being the most desirable of the bunch. These cars were popular road rally machines and by the time they went out of production in 1965, the company was running ads exhorting owners not to be angry at them for discontinuing it. This cool little coupe has spent a privileged, 2-owner (current owner purchased it in '68) southern life.
The look is vaguely reminiscent of a pre-war Ford, with the fastback bodywork and slightly pointed hood, and when the PV debuted in 1947, it was already dated-looking. On the other hand, it was rugged, reliable, and a heck of a lot of fun to drive despite its staid appearance. Today, that appearance is one of the things that make these cars so endearing, and the simplicity of the look works quite well. Basic black suits the PV just fine, giving it a low-key look that was just right for the times and looks great today. It was repainted in the 1980s, and it's still shiny and bright with light signs of use and some orange peel that could be largely erased with a professional cut and buff. The stainless and gold anodized trim looks great, dressing the car up a bit and adding contrast where it's most useful: above the wheel openings and along the beltline. Nobody will argue that this isn't a handsome little car.
The bright tan interior was new when the car was painted (original interior was red) and it looks fantastic. Sure, there's some Swedish funkiness, including the trapezoidal horn ring, but other parts are clearly influenced by American tastes: the ribbon-style speedometer, bright chrome trim, and a 4-speed shifter on the floor. The steering wheel has been wrapped in leather, while the seats offer perforated vinyl, a favorite of European automakers for decades and famous for durability and comfort. It's a Volvo, so of course you get seat belts, which were cutting-edge in 1964, and everything is quite sensibly laid out. There's an AM radio in the center of the dash and the dark gray carpets offer a great contrast to the bright tan upholstery. There's reasonable space in the back seat and the trunk is well-shaped with a full-sized spare and a rubber mat.
The PV was constantly upgraded during its production run, and in 1962, it received the new 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine. This one is fitted with dual carburetors, which is how most American versions were built, and it's a great runner. The engine was rebuilt in the 1980s when the entire car was restored, but it's been driven sparingly since then, so it doesn't have any bad habits. It starts easily and as its rally history will attest, it's plenty peppy around town. 1962 also saw the electrical system upgraded to 12 volts, and there's a brand new battery up on top of the engine bay. The big circular housing on the driver's side is the heater fan and core, and you have to appreciate the look of the twin side-draft carburetors. It's backed by a 4-speed manual transmission and a live axle rear end, and you'll note that the drive shaft actually runs inside the floor, so the undercarriage is pretty tidy. A single exhaust system gives it a snarky exhaust note and it sits on relatively fat 205/70/15 whitewall radials and original steel wheels.
An unusual car with a great history, this neat little Volvo is every bit as fun to drive as you'd expect. If you're a fan of the unusual, this is a great place to start your collection. Call today!
- Numbers Matching
- AM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
- Title Documentation
- Front Suspension
- Coil Spring
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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