PV444a - 1947
PV444a - 1948
PV444as - 1950
PV444h - 1954
PV444k - 1957
PV544a - 1960
PV544f - 1965
PV544f - 1965
Facts & Figures
PV444ds - 1952
The development of the PV444 was started early 1943. Helmar Pettersson was the projects initiator and he convinced the directors Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson that the time was right for a smaller car. And it turned out to be a good choice. The PV444 became a bestseller". At the introduction of the car on the exhibition of Stockholm 2,300 sale contracts were signed.
In the beginning, people had to wait for their newly ordered Volvo. There was, after all, only a prototype but the first registration approval was issued in early 1947 after the necessary test runs throughout Sweden. In that year, Volvo produced 1920 copies of the PV444. The beginning of a great success.
The car was equipped with a self-supporting body and initially only available in black. The engine was a four-cylinder with an output of 43 hp and is equiped with a three-speed gearbox. The weight was about 1000 kg. Thirty cars for 4300 guilders each were sold in our country in 1947.
The brand Volvo grew in the following years bigger and bigger. The PV444 was loved and factory could hardly satisfy the demand. The yearly production number was therefore increased from approximately 8,000 to 12,000. From 1952 it was possible to buy the 'PV' in gray and maroon red. Pearl gray, riviera blue and california white were added in 1956 . On januari 24 1956 the 100,000 th Volvo left the assembly line.
Contemporaneous to color changes, model changes were introduced. The central speedometer was moved from the center to the left, while a more solid steering wheel was mounted. The bumpers were an improved shape and covered with rosettes. The body got more and more chrome accents and for a short while a T-shaped indicator was fitted on the roof, the so called 'cuckoo'.
The model of the PV444 in 1955 received a special facelift. In this K-serie the two rear windows were replaced by a single pane, and the windshields were enlarged. The rear lights moved downwards and the spare wheel was given a special vertical tank in the trunk. The bars grill was provided with cubes motif. The PV544 was introduced in August 1958. This car was a development of the PV444.

In August 1958 Volvo presented the PV544 as the successor to the popular PV444. Many people thought that the "PV" would disappear, because of the introduction of the P1200 (Amazon), but that was not true, the model lived on a number of years. The car was subcutaneous modernized and had good handling and performance. Important features were the larger front and rear windows for better visibility all around. Even the taillights were further increased. A "ribbon" speedometer was mounted like in the Amazon and upholstery was fitted onto the dashboard. The steering wheel was more modern design and a new rear seat made an accommodation for 5 people. The PV544 was available in three different versions namely the Favorit, Special and Sport. From 1958 to 1961 a B16 engine with a capacity ranging from 60 to 76 hp was fitted in the "PV". After 1961 a B18A with 76 hp was available and in the Sport-version a B18D with 80 hp.
In the earlier versions of the PV544 Favorit (standard) a partly synchronized three-speed gearbox was delivered; from 1960 a fully synchronized one. The Special and Sport versions were from 1958 all delivered with a four-speed gearbox. In August 1961 a 12 volt electrical system was introduced the model PV544c and the seat belts were standard. This was followed by several small changes in the models PV544d, PV544e, PV544f and PV544g. On October 20, 1965 the last PV544 left the assembly line. The total production volume of the PV544 than was 243 996 copies.