Volvo began selling cars in the United States with the 1956 PV444, a sturdy unibody machine that looked quite a bit like the 1946 Ford from some angles. Reliable, sensible — maybe stodgy is a better word — PV544s
The U.S.-market 1800ES got a 2.0-liter pushrod straight-four engine with Bosch fuel injection, rated at 112 horsepower. Its dirtier-running European counterparts got more power.
A 1966 P1800 holds the world record for most mileage on a street car: more than 3.2 million miles
This car appears to have sat outside near the Pacific for too many decades; it has the top-down rust associated with living in the salt spray and fog near beaches in NorCal. This is pretty bad, but I’ve seen worse. This Volvo’s final parking spot is just about a mile from crashing ocean waves.
Worth restoring? No way, not when much nicer examples sell for a few grand.
All the chawed-up seat foam suggests that raccoons and other Golden State wildlife lived inside for quite a while.
The good news is that many of this crusty old Swede’s components will live on in other Volvos. In fact, one of my regular readers scored a junkyard bonanza when he found this car (and several other vintage Volvos) not long before I arrived.
You tell ’em, Christina! The actress in this commercial went on to a long and successful career in film and television in Sweden, which included work with Ingmar Bergman, and continues to work to this day. You can learn plenty of unexpected, interesting things when you study a discarded car.