Heritage - Volvo PV800 Series

PV 800 series (1938 – 1958)

PV 800 series (1938 – 1958)

The new taxis, the PV801 (with a glass division between the front and rear seat) and the PV802 (without the glass division), were introduced in 1938. The model was also available in chassis form, the PV800 and the PV810, the latter having a longer wheelbase.


The design of the PV800 Series was much enhanced by the daring V-shaped nose and the typical American styling with rounded contours. Both versions could carry eight people, thanks to additional folding seats. The 821-824 versions were modernised with a more powerful ED engine that had an output of 90 bhp.


In 1950, Volvo launched an updated version of the taxis in the 800 Series. The principal new feature was the design of the front, which now had a lower profile and headlights set back in the front wings, much like the PV444.


 As taxis, these cars were regarded as being virtually impossible to wear out and a couple of them were actually used until the 1980s. In addition to the taxicab version, the 800 Series could be delivered as a bare chassis, intended for service as ambulances, estate cars or small vans.



Model: PV801-10 and 831-4

PV 810 Chassis, extended

Produced: 1,848 (PV801-10), 800 (PV821-4), 6,216 (831-4)

Body: Purpose-built taxicab or chassis intended for special bodies.

Engine: In-line 6 cyl side-valves; 3,670 cc; 84.14x110 mm; 84, 86 or 90 bhp

Transmission: 3-speed manual with floor lever (1938-45), later on steering column

Brakes: Hydraulic on all wheels.

Dimensions: Wheelbase 3,250 or 3,550 mm.

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