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This is one rare car. The gages are in Swedish, the turn signals look like police lights and the owner has the most amazing stories to tell. In fact, he tells us a funny story about an MGB GT at the end, which was proper for my MGDriving blog.

The car can do 100 kilometers per hour on a straight road with the wind behind you. I imagine it is a wonderful car for country roads, driving around the corners at 80 kilometers per hour in what looks like very comfortable seats.

Peter was fun to interview. Please enjoy this video.


“The PV444 was Volvo’s first unibody car. Its body structure was influenced by the 1939 Hanomag 1.3 litre, which was purchased and studied by Volvo engineers. It was also the first Volvo in almost 20 years to come with a four-cylinder engine (earlier models had used side-valve straight sixes). The first PV444s were powered by 40 PS 1.4 L inline-four engines designated B4B, with three main bearings, overhead valves, and a single downdraft carburettor. The power of this engine increased to 44 PS (32 kW) in October 1950, and to 51 PS (38 kW) in October 1955. US models, beginning to appear in early 1956, received an up-rated version called the B14A, which was given twin side-draft 1½ in SU carburetors for a total of 70 hp. Most early US sales were limited to Texas and southern California. American customers also had the option of European delivery, in which case they could also get a cheaper model with the basic B4B engine.

By the 1957 model year, engine displacement was increased to 1.6 L and both single downdraft- B16A and twin side-draught carburetted B16B versions were offered.”

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