Name: 1965 Volvo PV544 Sport
Year(s) Produced: 1958-1966
Number Built: 440,000 during production period
Class: Full body
Body Type: 2-door sedan
Power: 85bhp @ 4500 RPM
0-60mph: 15.6 seconds
Top Speed: 95 mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 177 in./ 61.8 in./ 59.8 in.
Wheelbase: 102 in.
Base Price: US$2,330 (NADA)
Current Value: US$19,300 (Hagerthy)
How did a 1965 Volvo PV544 Sport with 4.5 miles in the clock, happened to survive in five decades? Read on to find out.
When Lincoln Morehead Sr. first established his car dealership business in 1946 in Middlehope, New York under the name Morehead Auto Sales, he opted to have Volvo as his first franchise. It was followed soon by his Honda lineup in 1974 and eventually selling both marques. When he gave up entirely on his Volvo franchise in 1998 to specialize on Hondas, for some reason, he kept three brand-new last in the line Volvo models that their family kept for decades. The first being a 1981 Bertone Coupe which was sold in Germany in 2007 and owned by a Dutch Volvo specialist. The second was also sold in 2007: an 80-mile 1967 122S Wagon purchased by columnist Jamie Kitman. The last original, and perhaps the world’s oldest new car, is the 1965 Volvo PV544 with only 4.5 miles on the odometer. This PV was the last in stock in the dealership since its 20-year old design and expensive pricing during that time made it a tough sell. Eventually, this PV had plenty of time to kill just sitting idly in the showroom and used as a repository for spare parts and other showroom materials until 1968.
Since then, the family decided to bring this Volvo back home and kept it under blankets it in their garage. Several years ago, its rear glass was damaged when a burglar tried to break in via the garage window directly above the back of the PV. It was eventually installed with a genuine replacement window. The family is now considering looking for a new home for this new, unexpected classic.
Check out these photos below and tell us if you know of any classic car in such pristine condition.