Heritage - Volvo PV650 Series

Volvo 650 – series (1929 – 1937)

Volvo 650 – series (1929 – 1937)

The first six-cylinder Volvo engine was ready in 1929. The first car to be equipped with this DB engine was the PV651. The engine had a capacity of just over 3 litres and the output was a modest 55 bhp. It had the luxury of a fully-balanced crankshaft, and it was a strong and flexible unit, two properties that characterise the in-line six as a technical design.


The PV651 and its successor, the PV652, were both longer and wider than previous Volvo cars. All four wheels were given four-wheel brakes as standard, either mechanically (PV651) or hydraulically (PV652) operated.

In 1933, the PV653 (standard) and the PV654 (de luxe) were introduced. These were comfortable, quiet and rugged cars for everyday use with reliable engines in traditional style.


The 654 de luxe version had a very plush interior, twin spare wheels and a reversing light, and it was available in several colours. The PV655 was the chassis version, suitable for special bodies.


The launch in 1935 of the PV658 and PV659 changed the appearance of the car considerably. The radiator sloped slightly backwards and a grille was fitted in front of the radiator. The special wheel hubcaps also contributed to the new character. A more powerful version of the 6-cylinder engine was another new feature. It had a displacement of 3.67 litres and developed 80-84 bhp. 



Model: PV650-series

Produced: 3 577

Body: Saloon or convertible.

Engine: 653-5: In-line, 6-cyl, side valves, 3,266 cc, 65 bhp at 3,200 rpm. 658-659: In-line 6-cyl, side valves, 3,670 cc, 80 bhp at 3,300 rpm.

Transmission: 3-speed, non-synchromesh 

Brakes: Hydraulic on all wheels.

Dimensions: Wheelbase 2,950 or 3,550 mm.

Transmission: 3-speed with free wheel, floor lever.

Brakes: Hydraulic on all wheels.

Dimensions: Wheelbase 2,950 or 3,550 mm.

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