The old-fashioned—yet everlasting—Volvo PV544
|Written by SCM Staff|
By today’s standards, this car’s performance would be blown into the weeds by a Ford Transit Connect
Sweden was neutral during World War II, so automotive production and design never really stopped, despite raw material shortages. So, Volvo was ready to crank out cars when the guns stopped firing.
Ironically, Volvo’s first post-war product, the 1947 PV444, looked very much like a pre-war American car—a 1942 Ford to be specific. On introduction, however, the Volvo was not too badly dated, as the 1946-48 Ford Tudors were dead ringers for the ’42s. Nevertheless, by 1949, the PV444 was already looking long in the tooth and by 1958, when the seemingly unchanged PV544 came out, it looked positively antique.