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Volvo's first car

Publication date: 2017-04-24

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Volvo's first car

Exactly 90 years ago, on April 14th, the very first Öppen Vagn 4 cylindrar (ÖV4) hit the road, manufactured by Volvo (meaning "I roll" in Latin ) in its plant in Gothenburg.

However, the pre-series 10 prototypes were assembled in 1926 at AB Galco’s site in Stockholm, and today only one of them is still "alive," flexing its metal sheets (and wooden body frame) at the Volvo Museum.

ÖV4's official introduction had to be postponed by one day, as the differential gear was fitted incorrectly, making the car drive backwards when putting it in first gear…

Volvo also had to introduce the covered PV4 version in 1928, as the Swedish climate made riding in the ÖV4 quite challenging.

Till 1929, when it was replaced by the PV650 Series, a total of 996 ÖV4/PV4s had been assembled.

Volvo ÖV4 (Photo: Volvo Car Group)

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