Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beater Barn Find: 1957 Volvo PV444

Who would have thought that one of the 12,000 or so Volvos sold in the US in 1957 would still remain in Traverse City, Michigan? This example sitting behind a body shop was complete except for the motor, which will probably be replaced with some sort of Big 3 small block, fitting for a 2/3rd scale '48 Ford.

These cars are perhaps known best for their outright toughness. I was told the story growing up of my uncle buying a new PV544 and driving it from Fargo, ND to Yellowstone National Park and on to the bay area, California. In Idaho, the journey was briefly stopped when the car was rolled on it's roof by an overcorrection after driving off the shoulder of the road. Damage was assessed, the car was up-righted, and the trip continued uncle still only drives Volvos.

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