Rusty wrecks found in Volvo's own backyard…
Having slept quietly in the woods for almost 50 years, two PV444s were recently discovered in the "jungle" that grows on the inside of the Volvo Cars Demo Centre circuit. They have probably been dumped there by one of the farmers that used to own the land before it was sold to Volvo in the early 1960s. The land was then used to build the Torslanda plant, which opened in 1964, and later a lot of other facilities. But apparently, there are still unknown places in the terrain..
The cars are unfortunately beyond salvation. All non-metal parts have been eaten away by wind and weather, and the rust has almost eaten most of the metal too. One of the cars does, however, still carry its identification plate, stating that it is a 444 H with chassis number 76215. The excellent Volvo Historic Archive tells the following about this car:
It was originally painted in black and had red upholstery. It left the factory on March 12 1955 and went to the dealer in Västerås, 400 km northeast of Gothenburg, where its first owner took delivery of it. Apparently it was sold back to the Gothenburg area later and the car must have been only seven or eight years old when it was dumped in the open. Why?
The other one, most likely a 1954 car, has at one time been grey but lacks all other form of identification.
…and a real goer!
These scrap cars are a long way from another 'wreck' that Volvo Cars Heritage learned about the other day. That was a car that was parked in the open air for more than 10 years on a farm outside the town of Lycksele in the northernmost part of Sweden. It was a 1972 Volvo 142 which was put away in the late 1980s after a wheel bearing started to make noise. Some weeks ago, the lady who owned it decided to get rid of it in order to clean up on her farm. A man bought it, gave the battery a charge, sprayed a dose of start spray in the carburetor and 'poff'!; the car started when turning the key! After having spent over 10 years in snow, sleet, wind, rain and midnight sun, the Volvo ran again. The new owner then drove it the 10 km into Lycksele and his garage. Always remember: Volvo's value lasts!