History of the Volvo Car

Volvo PV544. 1958 - 1965

Volvo PV544


In August 1958, the Volvo PV544, a more modern version of the PV444, was introduced. The changes were the most extensive since the PV444 had been presented in 1944.The body was given a larger, convex windscreen together with a larger rear window to improve visibility. The interior featured a new dashboard with a padded upper half to improve interior safety. The speedometer was the "thermometer" type; a red strip showed the speed. The rear seat was remodelled to improve the level of comfort.

In technical terms, this model was also updated. The Volvo PV444 was only available with one engine alternative. With the arrival of the PV544, a second version was added. A 4-speed manual gearbox was also made available for the first time.

Technical facts:
Prod. years: 1958-1965
Prod. volume: 243,990
Body style: 2-door saloon
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line, overhead valves, 1,583 cc (96 cu.in.), 79.37 x 80 mm, 60 bhp at 4,500 rpm or 85 bhp at 3,500 rpm 1961: 1,776 cc (108 cu.in.), 75 bhp at 4,500 rpm or 90 bhp at 5,000 rpm, later increased to 95 bhp
Transmission: 3 or 4-speed manual, floor mounted gear lever
Miscellaneous: The Volvo PV544 became one of the most successful rally cars at the end of the 1950s and beginning of the 1960s.
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