Life Lessons: 1962 Volvo PV544

Okay, I know…we just featured a Volvo PV544 like 30 minutes ago. Seems like too many…yeah. But here is the problem; that previous PV544 was the nicest museum quality PV544 you can buy for $10-15k, but this next car has the best story and way more history to it. The seller purchased this car in 1975 and drove it for many miles over the next 46 years including annual trips to Maine where he would leave the car in storage and teach sailing in the Caribbean. Seriously? And here I’m designing engine parts during the day and writing about cars at night while this guy goes on cross country trips and sails when the weather is good — I’m going to build a time machine so I can go back in time and strangle my high school guidance counselor who said I should be an engineer. Anyway, read the entire story from the seller below. Find this 1962 Volvo PV544 offered for $11,000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1962 volvo pv544
VIN: 377789
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 93100
paint color: custom
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: other
This car was featured in the My Ride series in the SF Chronicle in 2008. It is a 1962 Volvo PV544 I bought in 1975 from my Swedish friend Kjell, who has restored over 20 pre-1968 Volvos. For 5 yrs. I drove it back and forth to Maine for a summer job teaching sailing. The car was in storage for half the year while I lived on my charter sailboat in the Caribbean.

My introduction to Old Volvo mechanics started in 1971 when I bought a nice red 544 in Atlanta for $500. With plans to drive to New Orleans where my parents lived and not knowing a spark plug from a carburetor, I took it to a professional. He told me the car would probably make it to New Orleans but it needed a new clutch. Taking on that first repair job was a hard-knocks introduction to the joys of do-it-yourself car maintenance. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

In almost 50 yrs. I’ve had many adventures. On one occasion, on a drive from St. Louis to Washington,D.C. I ran out of battery power on a Kentucky interstate at 2 am. At daybreak, I limped into Louisville and found a huge junkyard with several old Volvos covered with vines and Yellow Jackets. Having with me everything needed for the job, I extracted a generator (cost $30), cheered when my installation worked, and was soon on my way.

Such adventures are behind me now, I’m forced to admit. At age 78 I’m less agile crawling under the car to adjust clutch tension, for example. And after 10 yrs. of being the family chauffeur, it’s time my wife got her own car. It’s time to submit to the realities of aging. But it’s been a very good ride!

See another Volvo PV for sale?