The story behind this supposedly original paint 1957 Volvo PV444 makes me wonder if the seller and I bought projects from the same guy. Originally found in Georgia – like my ’81 Toyota Hiace project – and said to have run recently, but having some starting issues (basically, the same line I was fed), this largely original Volvo here on eBay looks like a deserving project for potentially short money.
Bidding is currently just under $700 with the reserve unmet. Much like when I bought my ‘Yota, the seller of this Volvo claims the previous owner told him it did run well at one point, but some undetermined issues have sidelined it as of late. Volvos of this era are impressively styled, with lots of character and high-level finishes for a car designed to be utilitarian and tough.
As a twin-carb model, I *think* this qualifies as a B16B engine, but I’ll leave that to our Volvo experts to sort out. These rugged engines offered impressive fuel economy and performance, and the later PV544 cars went on to enjoy a respectable amount of success on the road/rally circuit. The seller does not know much about the car’s mechanical health beyond it having a no-start issue.
From where I am sitting, this looks like a car deserving restoration or at least a return to driver status. The seller suggests it’s a good candidate for parting out or rat-rodding, and I really hope it doesn’t come to that. These Volvos are supposedly great drivers and would be welcome at any number of cars and coffee and vintage cruise events, so here’s hoping it returns to the road soon.