Volvo PV 60
|(1946 to 1950)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Engine||3,670 cc (3.7 L) ED I6|
|Transmission||3-speed manual with optional overdrive|
|Wheelbase||2,850 mm (112.2 in)|
|Length||4,725 mm (186.0 in)|
|Width||1,778 mm (70.0 in)|
|Curb weight||1,630 kg (3,594 lb)|
The Volvo PV60 is an automobile manufactured by Volvo between 1946 and 1950. It was the first car produced by the Swedish company at the end of the Second World War.
The development of the PV60 had started in 1939 and the car was introduced to the public alongside the smaller PV444 in September 1944. It was originally intended to be introduced in 1940 but it was stopped by the war. The large car was powered by a 3,670 cc (3.7 L; 224.0 cu in) inline 6 that produced 90 hp (67 kW). It was attached to a three-speed transmission with the gear shift on the steering column. The vehicle had a wheelbase of 2,850 mm (112.2 in) and a length of 4,725 mm (186.0 in).
While the sales brochure described it as "en linjeren vagn i europeisk stil" (a clean line coach in European style) the truth was that it looked very much like a 1939 Pontiac with the front being almost impossible to tell from the original. However the Volvo as 10 cm shorter than the smallest Pontiac.
Production couldn’t start until December 1946, but the majority of the cars were built in 1949–1950. In total, there were 3506 PV60s produced, about 500 of which were built into trucks or vans.
The smaller PV444 was more suited for the post-war economy and production of the PV60 halted in 1950. It would take almost two decades until Volvo introduced another upmarket six-cylinder car, the 164.