Lot 114 - 1961 Volvo PV544

Lot 114 - 1961 Volvo PV544

Lot 114 - 1961 Volvo PV544

Lot Number 114
Registration YSU 878
Chassis Number 326604
Engine Number 1000197
Odometer reading 39,687 miles
Estimate £14,000 - £18,000
  • Fitted with a 2.0 litre B20 engine
  • Also has a four-speed gearbox
  • Converted to 12volt electrics

Originally launched in 1958, the two-door Volvo PV544 was a development of the PV444 that had been unveiled 14 years prior. The changes Volvo made were extensive and included a larger, one-piece convex windscreen, a padded dashboard for better passenger safety, and a more comfortable, bigger rear seat that could now seat three people. The mechanical changes were just as comprehensive and included a choice of two engines (1583cc and 1778cc), a four-speed manual gearbox, and in 1961, the sporty P1800’s B18 engine and 12-volt electrics. In total, 243,990 units were manufactured during its seven-year lifetime. The PV544 was much more than a safe, strong family car though because the same attributes also made it an effective rally car. It was indeed one of the most successful rally cars of its generation, earning podium places throughout the 1950s and 60s.

This fabulous Volvo has benefitted from having much work carried out by the fastidious and knowledgeable vendor. During 2014 through to 2018 the car was restored, with new front wings fitted along with several other new panels. The car was repainted in Slate Blue and a new windscreen was fitted with new rubbers. A 1990cc B20 engine was located and fitted along with a four-speed gearbox, she was also converted to 12volt electrics at the same time. A full brake overhaul has also been carried out. Starting on the button and sounding delightful, we are advised this Volvo drives as good as she looks. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a current MoT test certificate and a collection of invoices and new parts. These Volvo’s are rarely seen on the road today, a delightful example such as this is more than capable of keeping up with modern day traffic. Inspection is highly recommended to fully appreciate the quality of this PV544.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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