Volvo the Collectable Classic In this article it stated that when Volvo was introduced to the states in 1956. The PV 444, was the first US bound automobile ever. The car had resembled a smaller version of the 1946 Ford Tutor. The car featured a two piece windshield, small engine, and all of the standard features of a car of it's time. About three years later Volvo came out with a better version of the car, the PV 544.
That was the car that gave Volvo it's reputation for Swedish Quality. This car featured a one piece windshield, fifteen inch wheels, drum brakes, padded instrument panel. The power plant was a 1. 6 liter push rod four that delivered a smooth 85 horse power. The car ran about $5000-$7000. The car was comfortable cruising at speeds of 60-70 mph while getting a nice 29 miles to the gallon.
The vehicle traveled from 0 to 60 in a nice thirteen seconds, which was better than the sportier two s eater cars. The car had an over all top speed of 93 miles per hour, which was amazing for a 1. 6 liter engine. In 1961 the company came out with same car but had some revisions, like bigger engine the 90 hp 1. 8 liter.
This car had natty trip in new colors which for years it was in contempt. By 1966 the company was only making one model, the PV 544. The company didn't have any technical advances in the car which probably kept the car and the company alive. To some the car was a very well build sports car. I know that in this cars day it was an amazing little car that was capable of a lot for a family car. A restorer said that the only way to kill the car is to run it without oil.
I believe that, because they are such high quality, crafted cars. Today the cars are very different, they have and the yare setting the standard for all cars. They were the first car company to have invented the side impact airbag. The company's reputation is awesome when it comes to safety.
They far exceed the safety standards than any other company. There cars are so boxy, but for some reason I'm attracted to them. Maybe it is there unmatched performance or there unique looks, or it is probably there rep. Whatever it is people seem to like it and they have for years.