Joe S

37 years idle, now restored & on the road!

I bought my first new car in 1962 in Naples Italy when I was 21 years old and serving in the US Army. It was this 1962 Volvo PV544. I shipped it back to the US in 1963 and then in 1965 shipped it to France, drove it to Italy, and then in 1968 shipped it back to the US. Drove it in upstate NY until 1975, when I finally parked it behind the barn and left it until 2011 when I started to restore it. I had always planned to restore it, but as I got older my family began to think we would never drive in it again. Finished the project in Aug 2013, just in time to make a few auto shows and cruise-ins. It seems to be the only car of it's kind in central NY and got quite a bit of attention. It has been from Naples to Bremen, Germany and from NY to California and back again, back in the day. It has over 321,000 miles on it and was in very rough shape, but it was all worth the effort.

2 Reader Comments

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    Greg McClain Arizona February 14, 2014 at 16:46
    My second car was a 1964 Volvo 544 in Waukesha Wisconsin in 1972. That thing was amazing especially in the snow. Thin profile tires, high ground clearance, 4 speed manual and a 4 cylinder slightly undertorqued engine made it a snowplow when 200 pounds of softener salt was in the trunk. Was later replaced with a 1970 P1800 with much wider tires much lower ground clearance and much higher torque fuel injected 4 cylinder with 4 speed and electric overdrive. Terrible in the snow but a hoot and a half on dry roads. Wish I had the P1800 still but lost it in an insurance misdirection (American Family) where the car was totaled after a minor accident in order for the adjuster to buy it from the scrapyard at pennies on the dollar. By the time I cught on it was gone and sold from the yard to the adjuster. If it had been old enough to be a classic and I had Haggerty I would still have it today.
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    gary foote Syosset, NY September 3, 2014 at 08:52
    I've been the proud owner of a 1957 Volvo 444 with original 33k miles. I purchased from a gentleman whose father was a Volvo dealer in Glen Cove and it had been in his family since day 1. It's a bit ratty with original seat covers and floor mats with a torn head liner, but fun to drive, peppy and people give it a thumbs' up all the time. Great cars and neat looking.

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