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Volvo PV 444 KS California B14 — 1956

Beautiful Swedish-sold luxury car in a rare "America export model" finish, that was sold under the name California.

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"Exclusive export model with Swedish roots. Here with the 70-hp B14A sport engine and the newer 4-speed gearbox for greater usability in modern traffic."

110 000SEK
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Mathias Casserlund
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Rebecca R Bengtsson
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"Exclusive export model with Swedish roots. Here with the 70-hp B14A sport engine and the newer 4-speed gearbox for greater usability in modern traffic."


California model that remained in Sweden. The car was sold with a single carburettor in Sweden, but during the renovation, it was upgraded to the USA model spec. That includes dual carburettors and American bumpers . The owner, who is a Volvo enthusiast and has done several fine renovations of the Volvo PV and has renovated the car in his spare time over many years. It had fallen out of the car register, so when the renovation was finished in 2017, it had to be registered again. The car has been used in the summer for car meets and family outings. The odometer reading is 77,900 km. The exact mileage is unknown, but it has been driven approximately 4000 km after the renovation. The original instruction book is missing. The owner is now letting the car move on in favour of his other projects.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
    77900 km 
  • Kw / hp
    38 / 52 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
    Exportinredning gult och svart konstläder 
  • Colour
    California White 


  • Mechanical condition:

    Fully refurbished engine. Built to specifications for the B14A export engine. Block drilled 0.30, ground and balanced crankshaft. New camshaft. Cylinder head converted for unleaded fuel. Refurbished m40 gearbox. (The unsynchronised original box is saved) Completed dual SU carburettors. New 2-inch sports exhaust system. Extractor manifold custom-made. New fuel tank.

    Converted to a 12-volt electrical system for more carefree use. Everything in the brakes is either new or refurbished. The car starts easily and has good engine pull.

  • Interior condition:

    The California had a special leatherette interior for the US market. Here, the original interior has been preserved, with some wear. Holes on the back backrests and the front seats with repaired holes on the front edge of the rear seat cushion. Worn door handle on driver's door. See the pictures. The original rubber mat is in unusually fine condition. New headliner. Very nice original steering wheel without cracks. Nice boot, the rubber mat is worn but of the original type.

  • Exterior condition:

    Completely renovated, also new wings all around. The car was painted in 2015 and has a good shine in the paint. There is a small dent on the right door. Looks like typical carpark damage. See picture. New tyres on newly manufactured 5.5-inch wheels. New bumpers with American arches. Other trims are in good used condition. A little wear on the rear lights. See picture.

  • General condition:

    Nicely renovated car with the original interior. Overall in very nice condition. There are some remarks on the interior.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Itrafik 2017-06-20
Ursprungsbesiktning: 2017-06-12 (regbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 2017-06-20 (561016)
Senast godkända besiktning: 2017-06-20
Besiktningsbefriad: Ja
Skattebefriad: Ja
Körförbud: Nej
Antal ägare: 1

Facts about the model

California var Volvos exportmodell när de skulle slå sig in på den amerikanska marknaden. Man utrustade PV444 med en trimmad variant av B4B-motorn som man tagit fram till projektet med plastsportbilen Volvo Sport. Effekten var höjd till 70 hk SAE med hjälp av dubbla SU-förgasare, en annan kamaxel och höjd kompression. Denna starkare motor fanns inte i svensksålda PV444. De berodde på att Volvo gjorde en fint med de amerikanska tullavgifterna. Importavgiften räknades efter bilens försäljningspris på hemmamarknaden i Sverige. Eftersom modellen med den dyrare B14A-motorn inte såldes i Sverige, fick man istället räkna importavgiften på den billigare och enklare modellen med B4B-motor. Den motorn utvecklade endast 44 hk. 1956 sålde man 5 047 exemplar av exportmodellen till USA och 1957 hade antalet dubblats till 10 319 stycken. Idag är modellen California ett hett samlarobjekt.

Location and viewing Information

Location: Villhelmina

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Collection must take place before: 2022-11-24.

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