1958-1965 Volvo PV544

1963 Volvo PV544 coupe, part of the 1958-1965 Volvo PV544 line of collectible cars.
1963 Volvo PV544 coupe

The 1958-1965 Volvo PV544 was the final version of the first postwar design by Sweden's long-time automaker, first introduced as the PV444 in 1944. The PV544 was also the first Volvo to have any significant impact on the American market.

The Volvo PV544 differed from the PV444 by having a one-piece (instead of divided) windshield, a larger rear window, revised interior, and minor trim changes. In appearance, however, the car remained nothing so much as a scaled-down version of the 1946 Ford (both Henry and Edsel would have been flattered), with a rounded fastback two-door-sedan body, tapering hood, distinct front and rear fenderlines, rectangular grille, and low-mounted integral headlamps.

Powered by Volvo's own (and excellent) four-cylinder engine, it was available in standard and more powerful "S" tune. Built to last indefinitely and reliably even in severe climates, the PV544 established Volvo's reputation for sturdiness and solid construction, which exists to this day.

The 1958-1965 Volvo PV544 was also surprisingly quick in its time, and saw sporadic competition successes in the U.S. Ultimately, it was succeeded by the more stylish (but still very upright) Amazon/120 series notchbacks, which borrowed much from it mechanically. The two lines ran side by side for several years, proof enough of the PV544's staying power.

Pluses of the 1958-1965 Volvo PV544:

  • Rugged Swedish reliability
  • Good handling and performance
  • Adequately roomy
  • Me-too styling that's somehow still appealing to many
  • Some parts still available

Minuses of the 1958-1965 Volvo PV544:

  • That same styling
  • Not numerous any more

Production of the 1958-1965 Volvo PV544:

Specifications of the 1958-1965 Volvo PV544:
Wheelbase, inches: 102.5
Length, inches: 177.0
Weight, pounds: 2,100-2,200
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1958-1965 Volvo PV544:

ohv I-4 1,583 cc (97 cid)60/75 1958-1960
ohv I-41,778 cc (109 cid)90/951961-1965

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