People ask me how to get into working on classic cars and I usually give them this advice; buy something inexpensive that needs mechanical work and isn’t a total rust bucket. Don’t buy a car that needs a total bare metal paint job before it looks respectable, and don’t buy something that is so rare […]
I posted that Datsun Sunny B210 the other day and had second thoughts about saying it wasn’t worth the asking price and that it was too slow, but then I stumbled on this Volvo PV544 Sport. It is equally slow, probably slower than the Sunny, but it looks appropriately designed to be driven slowly and […]
Cars are like people. Some are reliable, some are not. Some are nice, and some will try to kill you. All are interesting, many have scars, but the most fascinating ones have some miles on the clock and won’t cost an arm/leg to spend some time with. And this next car is certainly something like an old man with a white beard that you’d meet near some seaside town and talk about nuances of the weather or the local flora or woodworking or how to properly do leatherwork. He certainly wouldn’t know what social media is and he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Find this 1963 Volvo PV544 offered for $5,500 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.
The Volvo PV444/544 was affectionately called the “Swedish 1941 Ford” even though sales of this 4-cylinder equipped Volvo started in 1947 in Sweden (1958 in USA) and continued through the 1966 model year. It was known for ruggedness, vintage styling, and some surprising wins at SCCA class racing and at the 1965 East African Safari Rally in Kenya. Today’s example is about as cheap as you get for a car that isn’t a total basket case…which means this car is only a partial basket case. If the car is a weekend away from being a drivable restoration candidate…then I think is a steal. Find this 1958 Volvo PV444 offered for $2,400 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.
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.
The Volvo PV444/544 was affectionately called the “Swedish 1941 Ford” even though sales of this 4-cylinder equipped Volvo started in 1947 in Sweden (1958 in USA) and continued through the 1966 model year. It was known for ruggedness, vintage styling, and some surprising wins at SCCA class racing and at the 1965 East African Safari Rally in Kenya. Today’s example is in surprinsgly good shape and way nicer than the typical LeMons Rally ready example you’ll find littering craigslist. Find this 1962 Volvo PV544 offered for $13,500 in Concord, CA via craigslist.
The Volvo PV544 might be mostly recognizable as the car the Rick Moranis’ character drove in Honey I Shrunk the Kids, but tipper SecondMouse calls it “the ’65 Volvo that is NOT an 1800” and had this to say about the old Swede: If you have seen enough old Volvo Amazons and 1800s, here is a […]
I’m a sucker for a good museum quality car. Actually, that isn’t entirely true, because I don’t like paying over-inflated Bring a Barrett-Jackson prices for my machines. I guess, I should say that I’m sucker for museum quality cars offered for craigslist discount prices. Like this 1962 Volvo PV544 here on eBay currently bidding for $6,223 with 4 […]
It is Thursday, time for the classic American tradition called Thorsday where we celebrate Scandinavian stuff that is from those wacky Swedes/Finns/Nors/Danes (HEY, Don’t forget about the Icelanders you lattelepjandi lopatrefill) and Icies. Anyway, this next car is a classic from yesteryear that looks like it is from yestercentury…which is actually true…ANYWAY, find this 1961 Volvo […]
The Volvo PV544 was the first unibody automobile from Volvo and featured an early version of the legendary B-series inline four mated to the rear wheels. Volvo produced an impressive 440,000 of the 1940s styled hunks of metal in 18 years of production — but equally impressive is the fact that many of those cars […]