VOLVO Duett (1953 – 1969)
In 1953, the famous Duett (variant DH) was introduced, based on the PV445, the bare chassis version of the PV444. This became legendary, and is the ancestor of today's exclusive, comfortable, safe and powerful Volvo estate cars.
From 1949 to 1953, the PV445 had formed the base for pickups, vans, estate cars and a few beautiful convertibles. None of these were built by Volvo; rather, they were built by independent coachwork firms.
The P210 Duett was the continuation of the PV445. The model designation was changed in the autumn of 1960, when the car was given the same curved windscreen and new dashboard which had been used in the PV544 since August 1958.
The production of the Duett chassis for special versions ceased in 1962. Over the years, people's interest in building special versions had declined and the cost had skyrocketed at the same time. However, the P210 was still available as a van or a more flexible estate.
The P210 Duett was a car that was sold primarily on the Nordic markets. The last car in this series was built in February 1969.
Model: PV 445 / PV 445 Duett, : P 210 Duett
Produced: 29,409 (PV 445), 60,100 (P210)
Body: Estate, delivery van, convertible
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line, overhead valves; 1,414 cc; 75x80 mm; 40 85 bhp or 1,583 cc; 79.37x80 mm; 60 bhp at 4,500 rpm. 1968: 1,778 cc, 84.14 x 80 mm, 75 bhp at 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 3-speed/4-speed manual with floor-mounted gear lever.
Brakes: Hydraulic drums on all wheels.
Dimensions: Wheelbase 2,600 mm.