September 18, 2018

A 1963 Volvo PV544 - A Swedish Labour of Love

The two-door Volvo PV544 was launched first in 1958, following in the footsteps of the PV444 which made its debut 14 years earlier. Key differences between the two models include a larger, one-piece convex windscreen, a padded dashboard (for passenger safety) and a more comfortable rear seat that can accommodate three people. Despite being a fantastic family car, the PV544 also had success on the track, being one of the most successfully rally cars of the 50s and 60s.

This particular PV544, currently for sale on The Market, was manufactured in 1963 with a charming grey exterior and red cloth interior. This model is especially interesting because, not only is it a rare model, but it has a fascinating history.

The current owner bought the car from a gentleman in Sweden who had owned the Volvo since 1970. For 45 years, the swede dedicated a huge amount of time to making this beautiful car what it is today. A huge amount of care and attention was put into the vehicle, demonstrated by the fact that every single modification, alteration and upgrade used genuine Volvo parts. Indeed, inside you can find very rare and valuable Volvo Rallye instruments fitted to the car.

The car comes complete with its own set of historical documents too: MOT certificates, a V5 registration certificate and a large booklet which documents every single journey the previous owner had made in it (in Swedish of course!).

Interior of a Volvo PV544

The Car

  • Odometer Reading: 63308
  • Chassis Number: 370162
  • Engine: 1780
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Colour: Grey
  • Interior: Red Cloth

The PV544 was last painted in 1980 and while still shiny, it does have some blemishes. The chromework is of a high quality but does suffer from some patina of age. Inside, you’ll find a few modifications. The centre console, steering column and steering wheel are from a later Volvo but the fitting has been done to a very high standard, so it blends in perfectly with the rest of the vehicle. It also had a heated windscreen, tow bar, radio, plus front and rear seat belts.

The engine is a two-litre B20, providing more power and torque than you would expect. It is also fitted with twin carbs and pancake air filters, sending power to the rear wheel via a four-speed gearbox from a Volvo 240. The car’s brand-new Nokian Hakka Green tyres are a nice touch to finish the car off.

To find out more about this car, visit The Market. If you can imagine this car on your own driveway don’t delay, the auction ends today!