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Volvo PV544
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Rick
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, that's looking a lot more shipshape isn't it!

RJ
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I am pleased with the work done. I should get the finished car back tomorrow, snow permitting (it is all green grass here at the moment) and I will post a couple of pictures of the final job.
Both jobs were probably within my capabilities, but realistically I felt that the car was worth the investment in some professional assistance.

There are still a couple of jobs that I shall be tackling when it comes home and then its next MOT in March. After that, hopefully we'll be good for some Spring motoring.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do miss it, it was one of those cars that felt so solid, and felt like it could be driven anywhere, regardless of the weather conditions. Probably the best all-round classic I've had, and a lot more nimble than the Amazons. Being a four-door would have made it more practical though, for carting around junior and all his clobber to shows etc Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I know what you mean, I am extremely fond of it too. It attracts quite a few stares when I am out and about. I spent some time in Denmark and Norway in the late Seventies when they were still numerous, but it is quite unlikely these days that most people in the UK will have actually seen another, since they have largely disappeared now from Scandinavian and North European roads.
I wonder how many UK registered examples there actually are.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On American Pickers 10 minutes ago, they were at a place in the US where the home owner had several old Volvos mouldering away. Spotted at least one Amazon, a few 240s, a number of P1800s and a 544 gathering dust.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that the export market to the States in the 50's and 60's probably means that the PV was a more familiar sight over there and survivors seem to be relatively plentiful..
Since most examples sold in the US seem to have been the twin carb variant, they were able to build on their motorsport successes and market them fairly successfully as a small sports saloon with decent performance and handling and cheaper on fuel than the home grown stuff of the day.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just came across this History of Volvo on MSN,
thought you might enjoy it?

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/other/in-pictures-a-history-of-volvo/ss-BBhIcUn?ocid=mailsignoutmd
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent. I wonder how many of the very earliest models survive?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out and about at the Corner House in the sunshine this morning.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely looking motor

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looked better with the website address in the rear windows Wink Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the forum ID disc in the old license holder.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a furthers election of images of the car undergoing its recent makeover (only just received them from the restorer).



Windscreen refitted.



Finished stone chipped and painted boot.



Waiting in the sun for its owner.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just as a matter of interest, did they ever produce a RHD version?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, even though Sweden drove on the left until around 1966. I assume that they were focussed on exports and the car was deemed too expensive at the time for the UK market. The Amazon was the first Volvo exported in RHD format as far as I am aware.

However, I have seen an article on line in which a 544 was converted to RHD for motorsport purposes.
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