The assembly line in Lundby, Sweden makes history at 3 p.m. on October 20th, 1965 as the last PV-series Volvo is created. Instead of it going to a brand new owner, the zippy black Sport PV544 with red interior trim, headed directly to Gothenburg and resides in the Volvo Museum.
Since 1947, PV-series Volvos have been produced in the beginning with the PV444 and then with the PV544 and in all sold 440,000 of them. When the last car finished, the PV appeared to be old-fashioned-looking and the company had not made basically any changes cosmetically to the car in the two decades it was on the market; yet, it remained a solid and good automobile. In 1963, Road and Truck magazine made reference to the Volvo PV544. They said that basically, this model is a practical vehicle. Volvo’s biggest appeal relies on quality and being solid in every respect. There is no evidence of the car’s parts being under-dimensioned or slapdash which compensates for any noticeable glamour that can be seen.
In 1927, Volvo was created in Gothenburg, Sweden and immediately gained the reputation for developing safe and sturdy automobiles. The company (the name is Latin for “I roll) after the second World War presented to the world the PV444, between 1947 to 1958, which sold over 200,000 compact cars and created the PV544 in August of 1958. Both models were practically the same as both were dowdy and humpbacked; however, the PV444 had a divided windshield while the PV544 had only one-piece. Also, the later model contained a bigger flip-out side windows and a larger rear window that brightened up the interior of the vehicle more than before. What both models lacked was an interior clock, stayed away from having four doors or right-hand drive.
Despite the car’s appearance as being absurd, customers actually loved them! Although the PV Volvo appeared to look boring, that would be far from the truth as on the highway got 27 miles per gallon, it could go in 13 seconds from zero to sixty mph and cruise favorably at seventy mph. The PVs were considered to be a family car but they were also sturdy and powerful racers. The best example of this happened in 1965 as Kenyan brothers Jaswant and Joginder Singh participated in the 3,000-mile East African Safari rally. Driving in a 1964 PV544 car, they were able to win one of the toughest road races in the world! This treacherous race contained herds of giraffes and buffalo that could block the road as well as navigate through falling boulders and contend with mud puddles.
There were 440,000 PVs constructed but only 280,000 remained in Sweden as the majority of the rest were distributed to other European countries. When the company decided to replace the PV-series in 1966, they introduced to the world the 144 sedan in which this is the ancestor of the boxy Volvos that are present today.