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Volvo PV 444 Custom B18 — 1947

The best of both worlds, a solid classic post-war car in a mild custom outfit. In a way, discreet and restrained, on the other hand, bold like few.

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"This may certainly be a 'divider' but leaving the original design aside, we have here a delightful 'customized' 444. For the Volvo collector who has everything, this might be the missing 'puzzle piece'. Everything has been done with solid craftsmanship and high-quality finishing"

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Tore Thallaug
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Rebecca R Bengtsson
Case manager
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"This may certainly be a 'divider' but leaving the original design aside, we have here a delightful 'customized' 444. For the Volvo collector who has everything, this might be the missing 'puzzle piece'. Everything has been done with solid craftsmanship and high-quality finishing"


It was sold new to Nymanbolagen in December 1947. After its period as a company car there, it ended up in storage in 1968 and was later removed from the registry. The car had been stored well when it was brought out a few years ago and started to be renovated. The renovation did not follow the original template - among other things, a more modern B18 engine was used with milder tuning, modern disc brakes with a dual-circuit brake system, and air suspension. There is a lot of documentation available on both the car's history and the renovation, which comes in a folder. The mileage was probably reset during the renovation, so the total distance traveled is unknown. A personalized license plate with the original registration number may be included.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
  • Kw / hp
    55 / 75 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour


  • Mechanical condition:

    A PV built for modern speed and traffic. Under the hood, there's a newly renovated B18 engine that, according to information, has only traveled just over 1900 miles. It has received new bearings, rings, a water pump, and a D-camshaft. The engine is paired with an M40 gearbox and a more modern rear axle from a 1963 PV544. The front suspension is built from Ford Scorpio struts and ventilated disc brakes. Dual-circuit brake system with a Wilwood 2" master cylinder. In the rear, there are disc brakes from a Saab 900. Air suspension with manual valves was installed, allowing the car to be raised and lowered independently front and rear. Everything is new and replaced in terms of rubber components, bushings, etc. The undercarriage is clean and neat. During the inspection, when the weather was unfavorable, only a short test drive was performed. According to reports, everything works well and as intended.

  • Interior condition:

    The upholstery and headliner are new, mostly resembling the original. The early green/beige so-called "bathroom interior" has here received its own color composition and materials, similar to a lounge. Some discreet deviations have been made, but overall, it remains intact. The dashboard and controls have been carefully renovated and meticulously detailed. Gauges have been renovated by Jige. Front seat belts have been added, and discreetly, the car has been equipped with power windows and an audio system. The interior feels cozy and inviting. A lot of work has gone into soundproofing the cabin.

  • Exterior condition:

    The paintwork is of high quality, and all rubber and weatherstripping have been replaced. The bumpers have been painted in the same color as the car, which complements the car's character as a mild custom modification. The grille, taillights, and handles are in excellent condition. Additionally, the vent windows have been removed, giving it a cleaner look. It has also been equipped with tinted windows in a subtle green shade. The wheels and tires are in great condition.

  • General condition:

    A special car that is, in fact, a finely restored vehicle with modern attributes that provide both nostalgic vibes and a great driving experience. Perhaps not for the shy who want to stay low-key, but definitely a delightful gem and classic for those who enjoy pushing the boundaries. In a time when much of the focus is on whether a screw here or there is original, this car feels refreshing and playful - something worth celebrating as well.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Itrafik 2021-10-28
Ursprungsbesiktning: 2021-10-11 (regbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 2021-10-28 (471227)
Senast godkända besiktning: 2021-10-11
Besiktningsbefriad: Ja
Skattebefriad: Ja
Körförbud: Nej
Antal ägare: 2

Facts about the model

The PV 444 is a classic Volvo that has been extensively covered in the automotive world. It was first unveiled at Volvo's exhibition in the Royal Tennis Hall on September 1, 1944. Many suspected that World War II would soon be over, and Volvo wanted to be ready when peace arrived. However, it wasn't until the beginning of 1947 that cars could start being delivered. Numerous obstacles and delays occurred, primarily due to a shortage of raw materials during and after the war. It's also well-known that Volvo initially sold the car at a loss because many orders had been placed at the introductory price set in 1944, which proved to be too low.

Nevertheless, the wheels started turning, and the PV 444 hit our roads. Not only on our roads, as Volvo also initiated exports with their new family car, primarily to neighboring countries but eventually to Europe, the USA, and the rest of the world. A total of 196,005 units were produced before it was succeeded by the new Amazon, which began selling in 1957. The following year, the PV 444 was upgraded to the model 544.

Location and viewing Information

Location: Vallentuna

For viewing the vehicle, contact the valuator/depot:

Tore Thallaug
+46 705 90 23 65

Pick up

Collection must take place before: 2023-12-07.

NOTE! Payment (deposit to our account) must be made within 5 days and before collection.

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