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Specifications PV

At this page you’ll find all specifications of the PV 444, 544 and 445/Duett. Due some minor modifications during the years some data may be different than some specific cars. All modifications and changes can be found at the History of the Volvo PV.

Dimensions Volvo PV 444 / 544

 Length 4m50* 177 inch (14ft 9in)*
 Width 1m57 61,8 inch (5ft 2in)
 Wheelbase 2m59 102,4 inch (8ft 6in)
 Height 1m52 59,8 inch (5ft)
 Track front 1m30 51,2 inch (4ft 3in)
 Track rear 1m30 51,2 inch (4ft 3in)
 Weight 972 kg 2.140 lbs

* May vary due bumpers (length is including bumpers, without bumpers the car is app. 4m22)

 

Dimensions Volvo PV 445 110 and P210 Duett

 Length 4m40* 173,2 inch
 Width 1m60 62 inch
 Wheelbase** 2m60 102,4 inch
 Height** 1m70 66,9 inch
 Track front 1m30 51,2 inch
 Track rear 1m31 51,7 inch
 Weight** 1090 kg 2.391 lbs

* May vary due bumpers
** Some coachbuilders changed the wheelbase and/or height, like the PV 445 Ambulance, bakery car or hearse. Therefore the weight could also be different

 

Engines of the Volvo PV and Duett

Volvo has used 3 types of engines for the Volvo 444/445: the B4B, B14A and B16. The B4B has been used from 1947 till 1955, the B14A was used from 1955 untill 1957 and the B16-engine was used from 1957 till 1961. The B18 (with 12V electrical system instead of 6V) was used since 1961 untill the Duett went out of production in 1969.

Volvo B4B specifications

 Design in-line engine
 Material iron block and head
 Cylinders 4
 Bore x stroke 75mm x 80mm
 Capacity 1.414cc (1,4 litre)
 Valve gear overhead valve
 Compression ratio 6.4:1 (later: 7.8:1)
 Carburator single Carter (in 1954 replaced by Zenith)
 Maximum power 40bhp (SAE) @ 3.800rpm (later 44bhp)
 Maximum torque 103Nm @ 3.000rpm

 Volvo B14A specifications

 Design in-line engine
 Material iron block and head
 Cylinders 4
 Bore x stroke 75mm x 80mm
 Capacity 1.414cc (1,4 litre)
 Valve gear overhead valve
 Compression ratio 9.5:1
 Carburator twin SU H2
 Maximum power 70bhp (SAE) @ 5.000rpm
 Maximum torque 103Nm @ 3.000rpm

 

Volvo B16A specifications

Design in-line engine
 Material iron block and head
 Cylinders 4
 Bore x stroke 79,4mm x 80mm
 Capacity 1.582cc (1,6 litre)
 Valve gear overhead valve
 Compression ratio 7.4:1
 Carburator single Zenith 34VN
 Maximum power 66bhp (SAE) @ 4.500rpm
 Maximum torque 115Nm @ 2.500rpm

Volvo B16B specifications

Design in-line engine
 Material iron block and head
 Cylinders 4
 Bore x stroke 79,4mm x 80mm
 Capacity 1.582cc (1,6 litre)
 Valve gear overhead valve
 Compression ratio 8.2:1
 Carburator twin SU H4
 Maximum power 85bhp (SAE) @ 5.500rpm
 Maximum torque 118Nm @ 3.500rpm

 

Volvo B16D specifications

Design in-line engine
 Material iron block and head
 Cylinders 4
 Bore x stroke 79,4mm x 80mm
 Capacity 1.582cc (1,6 litre)
 Valve gear overhead valve
 Compression ratio 8.2:1
 Carburator single Zenith 34VN
 Maximum power 72bhp (SAE) @ 5.500rpm
 Maximum torque 117Nm @ 2.600rpm

Volvo B16A engine in a Volvo P210 Duett 1960
Volvo B16A-engine in a 1960 P210 Duett

Volvo B18A specifications

Design in-line engine
 Material iron block and head
 Cylinders 4
 Bore x stroke 84mm x 80mm
 Capacity 1.778cc (1,8 litre)
 Valve gear overhead valve
 Compression ratio 8.5:1 (8.7:1 since 1965)
 Carburator single Zenith 36VN, later Stromberg 175CD2 (since 1965)
 Maximum power 75bhp (SAE) @ 4.500rpm (85bhp @ 5000rpm since 1965)
 Maximum torque 137Nm @ 2.800rpm (146Nm @3.000rpm since 1965)

 

Volvo B18D specifications

Design in-line engine
 Material iron block and head
 Cylinders 4
 Bore x stroke 84mm x 80mm
 Capacity 1.778cc (1,8 litre)
 Valve gear overhead valve
 Compression ratio 8.5:1 (8.7:1 since 1964)
 Carburator twin SU HS6
 Maximum power 90bhp (SAE) @ 5.000rpm (95bhp since 1964)
 Maximum torque 142Nm @ 3.500rpm (145Nm @ 3.800rpm since 1964)

Volvo PV & Duett transmission

The PV and Duett were available with 8 types of transmissions: M3, H3, H4, H5 and H6 (a 3-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on 2nd and 3rd gears used in the PV 444 and H6 for the  PV 544 Favorit from 1958 until 1960), the M30 (3-speed manual transmission) or the M4 and M40 gearbox (a 4-speed manual transmission).

Ratios of the gearboxes:

Gearbox  First  Second  Third  Fourth  Overdrive  Reverse  
H63.13:11.62:11:12.66:1
M43.45:12.18:11.31:11:13.55:1
M303.13:11.55:11:13.25:1
M313.13:11.55:11:10.756:13.25:1
M403.13:11.99:11.359:11:13.25:1
M40 *3.13:11.99:11.362:11:13.25:1

* B18

Final drive ratio: 4.56:1 or 4.10:1

Volvo PV performance

Performance PV 444 (B4B)
Max speed: 74 mp/h
0-60mp/h: 24.9 sec
3o-50mp/h in top: 12.7 sec
50-70mp/h in top: 10.9 sec

Performance PV 544 Sport (B16B)
Max speed: 95 mp/h
0-60mp/h: 15.6 sec
30-50mp/h in top: 9.8 sec
50-70mp/h in top: 12.9 sec

 

Volvo PV & Duett suspension

Front: independent with coil springs, telescopic dampers, wishbones and anti-rollbar.
Rear PV: live axle, coil springs, telescopic dampers, torque arms and Panhard rod.
445/Duett: leaf springs instead of coil springs.

Volvo PV & Duett wheels & tires

The first PV 444 had a 4-hole 16-inch wheel, but was replaced by 15-inch 5-hole wheels (5×114,3) when the PV 444 C/CS was introduced. The PV 444/445/P110 had disc wheels with 5.00 x 16 tires and the 544 had steel disc wheels and 5.90 x 15 tires. Later Volvo mounted wider tires to the PV 544 (6.00 x 15) and the Duett had slightly bigger tires than the sedan. The wheels of the 544 and Duett can be changed with the Amazon’s (also 5×114,3 and almost the same ET-offset).

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