1949 - 1960


The PV445 was the chassis version of the PV444, which due to its unitary construction could not be supplied in bare-chassis form. Its mechanical design and frontal appearance, however, were identical to the PV444 except for an additional bar in the grille.

From 1949 to 1953, the PV445 formed the base for small lorries, vans, estate cars and a few beautiful drophead-coupé convertible) cars. None of these were built by Volvo, but by independent coachwork firms.

In 1953, the famous Duett (variant DH) was introduced, based on the PV445. This became legendary, and is the ancestor of today's exclusive, comfortable, safe and powerful Volvo estate cars.

Technical Specifications

Model: PV 445 / PV 445 Duett
Variants: PV 445 A, chassis PV 445 B, chassis PV 445 Van: DS, GS, LS, P-44505 - 1957, P-4405 M PV 445 Estate: DH, GL, LL, P-44506 - 1957, P-44506 M PV 445 Passenger estate: PH, GP, LP, P-44507 - 1957, P-44507 M
Produced: 1949 - 1960
Volume: 29409
Body: Estate and delivery van
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line, overhead valves; 1,414 cc; 75x80 mm; 40 85 bhp or 1,583 cc; 79.37x80 mm; 60 bhp at 4,500 rpm.
Transmission: 3-speed manual with floor-mounted gear lever.
Brakes: Hydraulic drums on all wheels.
Dimensions: Wheelbase 2,600 mm.